Daily Topic for April 18, 2011
Everywhere in the world, people love to see beautiful women. With it’s world famous fashion industry, Paris is arguably the most prominent place for the “worship” of beautiful women. Speaking through King Solomon, the Holy Spirit described beauty as “fleeting.” It will take someone who is extremely bold to go against the cultural norm and praise women who fear the Lord, rather than those who possess fleeting beauty.
Pray for the Lord to help the Wolof people in Paris to see through the culture that worships physical beauty, and help them to understand the worth of fearing the Lord.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? In Europe, it would be the trend-setting French women. In Africa, it would be the Wolof women, noted for their bright colored clothes and beauty.
When French citizenship became available, many Wolofs moved to Paris. Over 23,000 live there now. Today the Saint Denis street market in northern Paris might just as well be in Senegal, the Wolof homeland. African and Arab music surrounds shoppers, imams solicit euros for mosques and colorful African cloth is for sale for fashionable Wolof women. To the Wolofs, this is home away from home.
The Wolofs in Paris have exchanged round grass huts and mud brick housing for apartments in a concrete jungle. They have exchanged majority status in Senegal for minority status in France, and the traditional past for an uncertain future. They seek employment in Paris which often eludes them. In 2005, the African ghetto erupted in violence in the Aulnay-sous-Bois area of Paris over unemployment and perceived discrimination.
On a spiritual level, Wolof Muslims look to a marabout for guidance. Marabouts often encourage them to wear amulets for protection against spirits and witches. Few know of the sovereignty of Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for effective use of the JESUS Film among the Wolof people in France. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough. Pray that God would reveal Himself in dreams, visions and healings.