Daily Topic for February 27, 2009

Zeph. 3:9
"Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder."

We are already witnessing the first fruits of this promise. Two-thirds World brothers and sisters now serve shoulder-to-shoulder with missionaries from Western nations. Concerts of prayer for world evangelization have begun around the globe. More people use this Prayer Digest in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish than in English. These encouraging signs are but a glimpse of the day in which all peoples will be represented in the service of praise at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Pray that the Father will fulfill these beginnings until the day we sing His praises in absolute purity and harmony. Thank Him for what He is doing in all the earth.

Jula Peoples of Mali and Guinea

With their unique location between the Arab world to the north and the black African countries to the south, the Jula peoples are particularly gifted with a culture that is diverse and rich. All Jula subgroups love their music, dance, storytelling, and jewelry works.

The Julas live in clans, the most important aspect of their lives. Their storytelling and dance traditions are expressions of their history. They began settling in towns in the 1500s, some as independent villagers, and others as dwellers in larger towns. As far back as the 1300s, during the peak of the Mali Empire, the Julas had made Mali their trade base. Later, the Julas became strong converts to Islam. These influences have remained with the Julas right up to today.

Over 80 per cent of the Jula people are Sunni Muslims. The others, primarily Animists, are denigrated by their own people for not being Muslim, and are derisively referred to as “pagans.” This has created a religious, as well as cultural, barrier among the Jula peoples. The local Muslim scholars are highly esteemed and responsible for educating the population in regard to Koranic teachings.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the gospel of Jesus to become available, as well as meaningful, in each Jula subgroup. Ask the Lord to make His ways known to Jula village leaders and Islamic teachers. Pray that entire Jula villages will hear of the gospel.-JR

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