Daily Topic for February 25, 2009

Hab. 1:5
"'Look at the nations and watch-and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.'"

God went on to reveal to Habakkuk that He planned to use the ruthless Babylonians as His instrument of punishment for the degenerate nation of Judah. At first, Habakkuk protested that God’s strategy seemed to condone the Babylonians’ violence and arrogance. It still seems today that often God is silent “while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves” (1:13). But as we watch the ebb and flow of international affairs through the centuries we can be confident that God is wisely and fairly working out His purposes until “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (2:14).

Praise the Father that His Word will indeed be fulfilled so that all peoples on earth may know of His love.

Kenembu People of Chad

How do you share the gospel with pre-literate people? You tell them a story! Campus Crusade for Christ has developed a program, StoryRunners, that uses the power of spoken Bible stories to convey the transforming truth of the gospel to people for whom stories are a foundational part of their lives. Jesus used this same technique when He walked on the earth. StoryRunners partners with various mission agencies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, equipping workers to reach out to unreached peoples in their own countries and across borders.

Rick and Monica Haberkamp, missionaries in Chad, are employing StoryRunners with the Kenembu people who live around Lake Chad. They are mostly farmers and stock breeders, but they also mine for natron, a mineral useful for washing and bleaching textiles. Natron enables them to eke out a subsistence living.

The Kenembus are strict Muslims who will not allow their children to attend any schools except Islamic ones. Without a written language of their own, most Kenembus are illiterate. Their villages lack modern schools and health care, facilities hindered by the absence of quality roads. A big mission effort is planned for spring 2009, and it is the hope of the Haberkamps to establish a church planting movement among the Kenembu people.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will raise up skilled linguists to develop a written script for the Kenembus and then translate the Word of God into their language. Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches through the upcoming mission efforts.-JS

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