Daily Topic for January 26, 2009

Ecc. 11:1-2
"Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land."

Solomon’s exhortation for us to share our blessings carries with it the reiteration of a major biblical theme: we receive when we give, we are blessed as we bless others, and we experience real life as we experience daily death to self and sin. How difficult it is for us to really believe the truth of such a paradox! How easy it is instead to clutch at our possessions so that they won’t slip through our fingers. Yet God honors the man or woman willing to take Him at His word.

Pray for faith to cast your bread upon the waters!

Garreh Somalis of Kenya and Somalia

The Somali people are considered to be very homogeneous, united by one faith (Islam), one language, and one heritage. Despite this supposed cultural unity, the Garrehs, like many other Somali tribes, find themselves exposed to violence on a daily basis. Disputes between clans, clashes over animal pasture lands and the ongoing political turmoil of the Somali nation have created an atmosphere of anxiety, uncertainty and physical danger. Medical needs are almost never addressed in such situations.

As we have seen, the Garreh Somalis are nearly l00 percent Islamic, yet they have not found peace in this religion. In fact, the groups they war against are fellow Muslims. Like most Somali tribes, they converted to Islam in the l400s and continue to be quite orthodox in their Islamic practices. However, they often fail to fully understand who it is they are worshipping and why.

According to the Joshua Project, the Garreh Somalis are “a very proud people who consider Christians to be inferior.” Even with the obvious shortcoming of their own religion and the ongoing conflicts within their ranks, they refuse to receive and surrender to the only One who can bring them true and enduring peace.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to reveal Himself to a people blinded by violence, pride and false religion. Ask Him to send harvest laborers to tell them of the amazing offer of salvation and eternal life in Jesus Christ. Pray for the Garreh Somalis to be led out of darkness, into the marvelous light of God’s Son.-CL

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