Daily Topic for February 11, 2010
Have you ever read the book, “Do Hard Things?” It was written by two Western Christian teenagers who were sick of low expectations. They pointed out several historical figures who did the work of an adult when they were in their teens. They could have included the four teenagers mentioned in Daniel 1:19! Who will direct today’s teenagers to accomplish all that God has for them? Perhaps when the Fulakunda people decide to follow the Lord, they can teach Westerners some things about growing up in God’s ways.
Pray for godly disciplers in Africa to direct their teenagers to do the “hard things” it takes to live out their lives for Christ. Pray for Fulakunda youths to use the maturity God gave them to teach others.
At 15, American teens think about high school classes, sports, music, or video games. They may be starting to date. In Senegal, however six years of education is considered adequate, and many children never attend that long.
At 15, Fulakunda boys are considered men. They build huts to share with their first wives. Each will build more huts as he takes more wives. The Fulakunda people live among the Mandingo and Tukulor peoples and are willing to intermarry with them. Sometimes, a girl’s family will “lend” her to a prospective husband to see if she works out. The women gather in the village center to prepare the evening meal, which takes a good share of their working day. The men herd cattle and dig wells.
Nearly 1,500,000 Fulakunda people follow Mohammed’s teachings. Those who have converted from animistic beliefs in the past century have replaced charms with leather pouches containing verses from the Qu’ran. Though they can access Christian resources, few have received Jesus as Savior. Only fervent prayer can break the strongholds that hold them captive.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send Christian educators and other laborers to sow gospel seeds, water them and harvest many souls. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower the JESUS Film, radio broadcasts and other Christian resources. Pray that God will build a triumphant Church among the Fulakunda people, and that His glory will shine forth from it.