Daily Topic for January 23, 2011
The journey is unsafe. Death and destruction await anyone who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. But to those who dare to go, there is a mission field among the Kanembu people that is still unfilled. The people have some understanding of the God of Abraham and His ways. Jesus promises His peace as He sends His children into this ripe harvest field. Who will go with Christ’s peace to this land of war?
Pray for God the Holy Spirit to speak to the hearts of Kanembu leaders so that they will be prepared when the workers respond to Christ’s call.
Fresh from his trip to Chad, heart yearning, the visiting speaker that Sunday morning prays on behalf of the Kanembu people. “Dear God,” he begins, “Your Word says, ‘How can they hear without someone preaching to them’ (Romans 10:14). Yet, since their language is unwritten, how difficult that is….”
Numbering 687,000, the Kanembu people live in the desert northeast of Lake Chad. Both a secular chief and a religious leader reside in each Kanembu village and administer material and spiritual guidance.
The Kanembus are primarily farmers, harvesting corn and wheat; they also raise livestock. Vegetation is seasonal since the area receives less than 12 inches of rain each year. Nevertheless, they often harvest a surplus of grain, which they export to neighboring Nigeria.
The Islamic faith, having been passed down from generation to generation, still grips the Kanembu. However, the resemblance of their religious beliefs to those who have put their faith in the teachings of the Bible makes the Kanembus ripe for harvest into Christ’s Kingdom. They desperately need willing workers to labor among them, demonstrating the love of the true God in practical ways.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest field in Chad. Pray, too, for qualified linguists to be sent so that the Kanembus will soon have God’s Word in their own language. Pray that they may hear of the eternal hope that is found only in Christ Jesus.