Daily Topic for January 06, 2012
Using human reasoning, the frontier missionary is at a great disadvantage. How can the missionary convince people like the Garre Somalis who have only known folk Islam for centuries that they should give Jesus a chance to transform their lives? It’s humanly impossible! But we rely on the Holy Spirit, the One who takes us beyond whatever is humanly impossible. With God all things are possible!
Pray today that the Holy Spirit will draw the Garre Somalis beyond what they have always believed so that they can give Jesus a chance.
Desperate mothers with hopeless eyes, holding babies so starved that they look like little shrunken men—we have all see these images of Somali refugees desperately searching for water and food. Their country of Somalia is well known for its terrible violence and non-functioning government. To make matters worse, Somalia is in the midst of a terrible drought, and herdsmen like the Garre Somalis have not been able to find food and water for their herds, much less themselves. Most of their herds which are their livelihood have died.
The Garre Somalis are one of the sub-tribes of the Somalis, and they live mainly in Somalia. Some, however, live in northeastern Kenya like the neighboring Ajurans we read about yesterday. Their nomadic lifestyles are similar to the Ajurans and other Somali sub-tribes. However, the kinship stops there. Like most of the Somali sub-tribes, the Garre do not trust the other sub-tribes, and they fight over the same grazing lands. They find themselves exposed to violence on a daily basis.
They are loyal to the Islamic religion, but they lack a deep understanding of Islam. Most Garre Somalis consider Christians to be inferior. On-going violence has prevented most aid agencies and missionaries from helping them or sharing Christ.
Pray that God will reveal Himself to them in dreams and visions. Pray that God will give African believers the burden and opportunity to minister to the Garre Somalis.