Daily Topic for January 10, 2011
Isaiah here portrays the heavenly banquet in which men and women from every nation will rejoice in the goodness of God. Though Christ’s death has conquered the power of death for all who put their trust in Him, His return will banish the presence of death from the redeemed of every nation. How tenderly the Sovereign Lord will wipe away tears from faces upturned in joyful praise! But meanwhile, we have to deal with a broken world marred by sin and evil.
Pray that the Lord will protect those facing violent oppressors and those like Yasir who are trying to bring a piece of God’s Kingdom into a hellish situation.
A refugee woman goes out to gather scarce fuel for a cooking fire, and before she returns, she is the victim of gang rape. Civilians flee for their lives as Sudanese government planes bomb them. Trucks pull up to a village and a loudspeaker proclaims, “Food is here, but not for Christians!”
Despite these tragedies, Darfur has a bright ray of hope in the midst of the forces of hell. It shines from a group of brave followers of Christ led by Yasir, an amazing Presbyterian pastor. Yasir shepherds a flock surrounded by wolves. He has a clear vision of what God wants to accomplish. Yasir wants his flock to pray fervently. These believers find it easy to pray when things are hard. He wants relevant, culturally sensitive worship. Muslims are very sensitive to things like dress codes, criticism of the Qur’an and women’s roles in a worship service. Christ’s followers need special training to equip them to sensitively reach their Muslim neighbors with truth and love.
Believers are called to do mercy ministries. Muslims are impressed by acts of kindness done by Christ’s followers. These include AIDS counseling, English as a second language, and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Solar cookers provide an alternative to scarce fuel for fires, which women usually gather at great risk of attack. Employment counseling is provided for those who can’t find work because of religious persecution.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Yasir’s safety and for God’s protection over this small flock bringing real hope to Darfur.