Daily Topic for January 26, 2010

Ecc. 1:2
'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher. 'Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!'

If anyone could ever affirm the truth of this statement, it was the author, Solomon, King of Israel. He had it all-power, wealth, honor, glory, wisdom, and a large family. Yet he proclaimed it all worthless. Why? Solomon had forfeited the enjoyment of God’s blessings by his disobedience. Even though he was used of God to bless the Queen of Sheba, Solomon encumbered God’s plan to bless “all the families of the world” because of his sin of idolatry. With the channel of blessing diverted to personal pleasure, Solomon evaluated life as vain, empty, and futile.

Pray that the Gujaratis in Tanzania will learn from King Solomon, turn from their idolatry and materialism, and seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness.

Gujarati People in Tanzania

by GC

Sujana left Mumbai, India for the first time at age 25. Fresh out of university, she arrived in Dar es Salaam, eager for her first “real” job. But along with the excitement came worry about learning a new culture and becoming acquainted with new foods. She need not have worried. She joins a community of almost 300,000 where all her Gujarati customs continue.

The Gujarati people, whether Hindu or Muslim, pride themselves in their industry and ambition. Importing and exporting over the centuries has led them to many varied regions. Today they find home-like communities literally around the world. With the shores of eastern Africa lying directly across the Indian Ocean, this business-oriented ethnic group arrived and settled here before Vasco da Gama arrived 500 years ago. They came in enough numbers that their culture remains significantly similar to their homeland of South Asia.

Most Gujaratis practice Hinduism. With their Diaspora, they have built Hindu temples, including one in Tanzania. However, it should be noted that Hindus do not need a temple to worship their gods. They can create a shrine right in their home. It should also be noted that though many Christian ministries exist in eastern Africa, there are few if any missionaries working among South Asians in Tanzania.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will call Indian expatriates to bring the message of Christ to the Gujaratis. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal the Christ of all nations to the Gujaratis of Tanzania.

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