Daily Topic for February 15, 2009

Dan. 3:4-5
"'This is what you are commanded to do...you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.'"

Throughout history, many pretenders have contended for the allegiance of men’s hearts. Nebuchadnezzar sought to command worship of his gods and his glory, but Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to join the crowds in such idolatry. Likewise today the people of God are called to prophetically denounce idolatry in its many forms and point the nations to the one true God. Yahweh will not share His glory with another, and He longs for the people of the earth to turn from false gods.

Pray that God will break our hearts with the tragedy of a world bound by the futile worship of idols. He alone is God!

Vai people of Liberia and Sierra Leone

Some people say the Vai culture is rapidly disappearing and soon may be indistinct from other West African cultures, especially in the cities. The Vai people live mostly in Liberia and Sierra Leone. They are known as excellent weavers, skilled carpenters and talented musicians. They play many instruments and perform dances for special celebrations. Long before English was introduced to this part of Africa, the Vais invented their own cryptic written language. Each of its 212 unique symbols represents an entire syllable.

Ninety-nine percent of the Vais claim to be Muslim, yet some Vais practice witchcraft and use magical charms to ward off evil. They believe they are surrounded by spirits that can do evil to individuals or to the entire tribe. Their supreme being, Kongba, is distant and must be approached only through a spirit medium. Only a handful of believers are known among the Vais. The JESUS Film is available in their language, and the New Testament has been translated into the Vai syllabic system of writing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these two tools will be widely used among the Vais. Pray for prayer teams to begin to break up the soil through intercession. Pray for long-term missionaries to minister to the Vais. Pray that as they read God’s Word in their heart language, it will penetrate their hearts and turn them to Christ.-JWS

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