Daily Topic for February 15, 2010

Jer. 45:4, 5
…I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted… Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not.

God admonishes us, as He did Jeremiah’s scribe Baruch, to abandon a personal ambition, which is not only futile but is also irrelevant. Most people spend their lives pursuing either things or accomplishments. It is nothing less than tragic when believers chase personal aspirations to the ignorance or neglect of the clearly-revealed purposes of God. In light of what God is doing and wants to do among the nations, can we possibly justify seeking great things for ourselves? Seek them not.

Pray that the talented Wassulu people will yield their aspirations, ambitions and dreams to His perfect will.

Wassulu People of Mali

by KC

Have you ever heard the term, “starving artists?” They don’t all live in the West. Some “starving artists” are among the Wassulu people of southwestern Mali. Sometimes with the right breaks, a starving artist can gain worldwide recognition, fame and perhaps wealth.

Such is the story of Oumou Sangare, a 31-year-old Wassulu woman. When she was two years old, her father abandoned the family, leaving his wife and children on the brink of starvation. Though the mother was a talented singer, she couldn’t always make a living even singing at baptisms, weddings and street parties. Oumou learned to sing well, and by age five, her talents were in demand, according to the web site, http://www.concertedefforts.com/home/roster/oumou-sangare/. At age 18, a Malian talent scout found her, and she wound up singing with a band in Europe. Three years later she had her own band and was recording hit albums.

Most of her people became Muslim in the 19th century, though they are much more likely to put their faith in traditional religion. Only two percent of them are Christians, though workers are trying to bring the gospel of Christ to these amazing people.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Wassulu leaders will embrace the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Pray that talented Wassulu singers will soon take the Word of God throughout the Sahel Desert region through the musical talents God gave them.

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