Daily Topic for December 21, 2010
As Muslims, the Gebaliya people understand the importance of being faithful to one God, though they have a faulty idea of what He is like. He brings us out of spiritual slavery if we will only let Him.
Pray that the Gebaliya people will soon allow Christ to free them from spiritual bondages that keep them away from their savior.
“Welcome to the Sinai,” said Salama, a middle-aged Gebaliya tour guide. “Is it true you want to visit St. Katherine’s Monastery?” “Yes,” said the Spanish tourist, also a middle-aged man. He negotiated a price with Salama, and the guide led him up the steep mountain trail. “The monastery is located on Mt. Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. To increase his interest in the tour, Salama said, “St. Katherine’s is the oldest active Christian monastery in the world.” “But what have you heard about Jesus Christ?” asked the tourist. With a puzzled look on his face, Salama said, “I suppose he’s a prophet. I only worship Allah.”
For over a thousand years the Gebaliya people have lived on the slopes of Mt. Sinai. For as long as anyone can remember they have worked as guides for those wishing to visit St. Katherine’s Monastery. But Gebaliya people have had only superficial contacts with the Catholic monks living at the monastery. No one has tried to explain the message of salvation to this people group in a culturally relevant way.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would lead faithful workers to reach out to this people group. Ask God to break the hold that Islam has on them. Pray that the Gebaliyas would become curious about Christ, and that someone would tell them about the true Lord and Savior.