Daily Topic for January 15, 2012
Silti people would shudder at these words of John the Baptist. They understand why he talked about the ax being at the root rather than at a branch. Without roots, the tree cannot live. He is indeed the vine, and we are the branches. Who will tell them?
Pray that the Silti people will understand how central Jesus is to everyone’s spiritual lives.
Zada scooted along in the dirt, baby Uba on her back, planting ensete as her mother’s line of forbearers had done for centuries. In four to five years these plants would be mature, looking very much like a banana tree. However their fruit is not edible. It is the precious and massive roots that will feed Zada’s large family. So every year new plants must be planted in a staggered rotation to expect a future harvest.
Zada’s people are the Siltis of southern Ethiopia. They are one third of the Gurage ethnic group. While many live in Addis Ababa, others live in rural areas where they farm various mixed crops. In addition to sorghum and coffee, ensete is planted as a major staple, nutritious, crop.
Zada’s Silti people are nearly entirely Muslim. Less than two percent are Evangelical. However the thrilling news is that there has been widespread church planting within this people group in the past two years.
Pray that as Zada’s ensete plants grow deep roots and physically feed many Silti people, so will these new “plantings” of the Lord. Pray that these fledgling churches will grow deep roots with vertical limbs reaching to God, and strong horizontal branches reaching to their neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus. Ask God to bless, protect, nurture, feed, and grow these new plantings that salvation might come to the Silti people through Jesus Christ.