Daily Topic for January 16, 2011
There is a vast difference between the Holy Spirit that will be “poured out” on all peoples, and the spirits feared by the Zaghawas, and other African peoples. The Zaghawas are not alone in fearing the “evil eye” and the spirits behind it. Yet, by remaining far from Christ, they remain far from the “Helper” He promised to bring us to a place of peace.
Pray that the Zaghawa people will be drawn to the Spirit who can draw them to the Father and save them from sin.
“B” didn’t dare tell the Western visitor his real name. He sold shoes in a market stall in a small town in Chad. “I’m the only Christian in my tribe,” he said, as he worked on a pair of shoes he was making. “When I’m not making shoes I do what I can to translate the Bible into my language.” “How did you receive Jesus Christ?” asked the visitor, a Western missionary. “The missionary who visited my village wasn’t even slightly afraid of the evil eye. He told me Jesus had the power to break curses, something the spirits couldn’t do.” Since receiving Jesus Christ, B had been an outcast, unable to return home.
For hundreds of years the Zaghawa people of Chad have worshipped Allah, but they never gave up their belief in nature spirits. This people group believes that some people had the power to curse others by giving them a nasty look called the evil eye. The Zaghawas routinely covered the faces of babies to make sure they didn’t receive any curses.
Pray that God would send faithful messengers to tell the Zaghawa people that Jesus Christ can deliver them from their fear of evil spirits. Ask God to show this people group that Jesus Christ is the true source of salvation. Pray that the Bible would soon be translated into the Zaghawa language, and that the Word would be widely distributed among this people group.