Daily Topic for January 27, 2010
Though the Memon peoples understand that God controls eternity, they also hope to see better days ahead. They abandoned the fatalistic thinking of many of their neighbors and helped to bring about greater freedom and prosperity both in their native India and also in their adopted Tanzania. It is all too easy for such capable people to forget that they have a purpose that goes far beyond satisfying their needs.
Pray that the Memons in Tanzania will soon abandon their relatively small ambitions and embrace the task of advancing His Kingdom.
“We always strive for freedom.” This could be the motto for the Kachchi Memon people group. They taught Gandhi the principle of non-violent resistance, which indirectly led to overthrowing British rule in South Asia. As Pakistan became its own country, Muslim Memons struggled to build their industry and economy. Meanwhile their kinsmen along the shore of eastern Africa followed suit. Colonial rule in Africa faced a similar foe, namely Memons yearning for freedom. The struggle in Tanganyika and Zanzibar led to independence and then the merger of the two, forming Tanzania in 1964.
All the while, Indian businessmen and industrialists, including Memons, formed the backbone of the Tanzanian economy. In the colonial era their presence in the business community went unnoticed at first. As long as their endeavors remained small, they posed no threat to colonial enterprises in the 1800s. But as these enterprises grew, colonial attitudes shifted. Threats and intimidation grew. Throughout the 1900s, justice progressed. Often Memon businessmen led the way.
Though the Memons once were divided between Hindus and Muslims, most of them now practice Islam. Few if any have found freedom from sin in Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that freedom seekers will find the freedom that comes from Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw leaders from the hunger for material goods to a hunger for righteousness.