Daily Topic for December 18, 2009
In this opening statement of John’s gospel we catch a glimpse of one of the essential characteristics of God: He carries within His heart the desire to communicate His Word. Not only is He the Creator of mankind, but He is the Communicator to mankind. This communication was culminated at the birth of Jesus Christ when the Word became flesh. Christ’s life is our pattern of how we are to effectively communicate God’s love to the ends of the earth.
Thank the Father for revealing Himself. Pray that He will soon use His ambassadors to communicate His Word to the Ghamid tribe of Saudi Arabia.
“I and my brothers against my cousins, I and my brothers and my cousins against the world.” This Middle Eastern saying indicates loyalties that run from the nuclear family through the lineage, the tribe, and in principle, to an entire ethnic group. One in 16 Saudis are Ghamidis.
Three terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks are from the Ghamid tribe in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Only God knows what a difference our prayers can make for the one million people who make up this unreached group.
The Ghamidi homeland is the province of Al Bahah, located in the southwest near Mecca. The capital city also goes by the name Al Bahah. Three large groups make up the Ghamid tribe. “Mountaineers” inhabit the central highlands, “Bedouins” live in the desert regions, and the “Tohm” reside on the Red Sea coast. Ghamidi people love education and are hard workers. Thus, a large number of this tribe have left the traditional nomadic lifestyle and headed into large cities where they can attend schools and find higher-paying jobs.
The Ghamidi people are proud of their heritage, which they can trace to pre-Islamic times because unlike many other tribes, they have retained their name. Some were companions of Mohammad. They are nearly all devoted to Sunni Muslim beliefs.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will reveal His truth to people from the Ghamid tribe, so that they become a part of God’s family. May He shower them with His mercy and grace.-AK