Daily Topic for February 21, 2010
What a joy it must be for the Kagoro people to live with their extended families! Children grow up learning how to do farm work from their parents, and the ways of their people from their grandparents. They also enjoy the company of cousins, aunts and uncles. They never get lonely!
Pray for the Kagoro people to find the narrow path that leads to everlasting life in Christ. Pray that God will use their extended families to reach other families for the Kingdom of God.
The visiting missionary noticed that the houses of the Kagoro people were somewhat larger than those of other groups in West Africa. The largest gwa (household) could hold 60 or more people. He soon found out why the dwellings were so large. The average Kagoro woman has eight children. Children provide the household’s labor force and ensure the future of the lineage. So, marriages are very important and are viewed as an investment. Even 70 and 80 year-old widows have suitors since a wife increases the prestige of a man.
The Kagoros are mainly farmers with millet being their chief crop. They also herd animals, and children are an integral part of the work force. Since they need their help on the farm, most villages fail to educate their children. The resulting illiteracy is a major problem, perpetuating the Kagoros’ impoverished lifestyle.
Most of the Kagoros are animists and also practice ancestor worship. They have many needs. The ongoing drought in Mali has caused serious agricultural problems, and more schools and an emphasis on literacy are needed. Christian teachers can find many opportunities of ministry in Mali.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Christian educators who are willing to invest their lives and ministry in Mali. Ask the Lord to take authority over the false spiritual principalities and powers that bind the Kagoro people and keep them away from their Savior. Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Church for the glory of His Name.