Daily Topic for February 26, 2011
Part of what is difficult about frontier mission work is the motivation. There have been times in Church history when mission work was misused by people who used it to expand the political power of an empire. The Russian and the Spanish empires both used mission work to expand their influence among newly-conquered peoples. But in each case, there were missionaries who wanted to extend God’s Kingdom in the hearts of men rather than settle for aiding a pitiful human empire.
Pray for our hearts to be pure as we pray for the unreached. Pray that we will have the power to keep His Kingdom first and foremost in our hearts.
Like many other Fulbe subgroups, the majority of Macinas do not believe they have an afterlife. In order for their culture to survive they place a tremendous importance on teaching a code of living known as Pulaaku to their boys. These lessons are taught through the memorizing of proverbs and songs in their Fulfulde language. They stress self-control, modesty and the controlling of their emotions when something is uncomfortable. Keeping respect and not bringing shame on the family is considered extremely important.
In the past, Macinas were powerful in spreading Islam and taking other people as slaves. More recently the loss of slave labor and a decreasing availability and fertility of land has made the basic livelihood of herding and farming more difficult for the 920,000 Macina people. Each of their villages has a mosque that is under the leadership of a village chief and elder. Some Macinas live in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Ghana, though most live in Mali.
A blessing in reaching these and other Muslim Fulbes has been the building of a Christian radio studio in Burkina Faso by Voice in the Desert. One missionary with this studio said, “Over the next two years, thousands of Fulbe people will be hearing the good news of Jesus, many of them for the first time in their lives.” Pray for switched-on radios, stilled hearts and changed lives.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for all the faithful work being done for God’s glory to bring the Macina people to their Savior.