Daily Topic for February 16, 2011
How wonderful gifts are! Many Fulbe mothers look forward to having a new calf to add to their family’s herd. After all, they depend on their cattle for most everything they have. But God Himself, their maker, offers a far more important gift, one that will bless them for eternity.
Pray that the Borgu Fulbe will accept this gift, and embrace the Giver of All Good Things.
Emerging from his mother’s womb, the newborn bellows a healthy cry. Now, according to tradition, when Borgu Fulbe women give birth to a new baby, the new mother receives the gift of a cow. It serves two functions: to supplement the child’s nourishment with its milk, and to produce calves as a start for the child’s own herd.
Fulbe women own an average of four cows, although the number may vary. Men milk the cows, and decide how much milk to keep for the calves and how much to give to the women. Once distributed, the woman of a household determines how much milk she needs for meals and how much she can sell. Money earned in this way is an important source of income for her household and personal expenses. Although their economy comes mainly from cattle and milk, the Fulbe also engage in crop production.
There are 224,000 Borgu Fulbe living in Benin near the Nigerian border. Although predominantly Muslim, there is evidence that many Fulbe are resistant to Muslim missionaries and would welcome the gospel. SIM International and Assemblies of God have had contact with this people and continue to work in the area. Operation World reports that more than 2,000 Fulbe have come to Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for fruitful evangelism and discipleship efforts among the Borgu Fulbe. Pray that more Fulbe people will accept God’s free gift of eternal life.