Daily Topic for January 20, 2012
Today we are reading about a young Oromo man who wants wisdom, but doesn’t know where to find it. Life is changing rapidly for this people group. He knows that the old ways of his people offer some tainted answers to life’s challenges, but what should he do instead? Fortunately, there are Oromo believers, though almost all of them come from other Oromo subgroups.
Pray for Oromo believers to share the pure, true wisdom of God with the Kereyu Oromo people, who rely on traditions to show them the way to go.
The young Kereya Oromo man of Ethiopia sat with his head in his hands. What was he going to do? He did not agree with what his father taught him as a young boy. He desired to get married, but he thought it was a ridiculous and old-fashioned tradition to have to kill a wild animal to bring to his future bride. At least he was no longer required to bring part of a man he killed to his bride. This was required as recently as his father’s generation, but no longer required of him. Still, he wondered why other things have not changed. For instance, although he was an adult, because he lived in his father’s home, his father has the final authority in the home.
The young man’s generation no longer lives in rural areas on the farm. Instead, the young people work in the industrial labor force, transportation and education. The old ways are intermingled with the new. There is now friction between the generations, and the 35,000 Kereyu Oromo people live in confusion in the midst of the old and the new. Jesus Christ is the only one who can release this folk Islamic people from a life of confusion.
Pray for God to send faithful Christ followers to the Kereyu Oromo people to build relationships with the young adults who are caught between the old and the new. Pray that many christian fellowships will be planted among the Kereyu Oromo people.