Daily Topic for January 21, 2011

Hosea 6:6
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

The Daza people are noted for their generosity with those less fortunate than themselves. Perhaps they do it out of mercy, or perhaps it is their way of acknowledging Allah. Could it be that the Lord is directing these noble people to Himself? We know that He wants all to come to Him, but many are not willing.

Pray for many to go to the Daza people as Christ’s ambassadors. Pray that the Dazas will be willing to submit to His will.

Daza (Dazaga) People

by EJD

Slurping his strong, sweet tea, the old Daza man told stories of their nomadic life of yesteryears to a group of wide-eyed children in the rural camp. They listened to his animated narrative of traveling through the Sahara Desert under a sweltering sun. Every wrinkle on his creased face is a testament to the life of adventure and hardships that he and his people had once lived. His eyes began to well up with tears as he looked around the small camp. To him the camp was a reminder of the fact that his Daza people were being forced to give up their nomadic lifestyle because of a recent spate of droughts that had destroyed the pastureland that their cattle needed.

Even though they are poor, the Islamic Daza people lay a lot of emphasis on giving alms. Many Daza people are diligent in participating in daily prayers and the month long fast of Ramadan. Nearly all Daza people are Muslims, but their religious activity also reflects pre-Islamic beliefs that non-human objects also have spirits.

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Pray that the Daza people’s lives of dire poverty would be alleviated. Pray that the influential tribal leaders and Islamic teachers may come into the saving knowledge of Christ, and thereby lead the rest to the Savior. Pray that soon many Daza people will recognize that Jesus is the way to God, that He holds the truth, and that He is the light of the world.

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