Daily Topic for January 28, 2012
Zeal is a good thing, but it is not enough. We have all seen people go on short term mission trips, and based on zeal and a small amount of experience, they believe the Lord is telling them to do one thing or another. Sometimes God’s plan is very different from what they expected. The good news is that they have access to plenty of information to give them the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about how to devote their lives. One of the best tools is the Perspectives class, which takes you through the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic issues faced by missionaries. (http://www.perspectives.org/site/pp.aspx?c=eqLLI0OFKrF&b=2806295)
Pray for young Christians and missionaries to add knowledge to their zeal, so they can be effective for His Kingdom.
Readers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina are familiar with cattlemen as a part of their national heritage. Films have made North American cattlemen known worldwide. Cattlemen are not confined to the Americas, however. They are a large part of the life and culture of the area of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. And just as there are cattlemen and sheep men in the Americas, so there are cattlemen and camel men in North Africa. Camel men live in northern Africa. All claim descent from Arabia centuries ago.
The Baggaras are an Arabized Negroid people who move herds seasonally for forage. While the men tend the herds and crops, the women process milk products, tend children, and engage in trade. Baggara women make and own the family dwelling. Indeed, Baggara families may be polygamous, with wives living separately, sharing a husband, produce, and labor.
The Baggara Shuwa Arabs are Muslims who practice folk Islam. They fear evil spirits and believe people can become dangerous animals. Although the Bible is available in their dialect, few know that Jesus has overcome evil spirits.
Pray for African missionaries of vision to reach semi-nomadic peoples like the Baggara Shuwas. May God reveal Himself to Baggara Shuwas through dreams and visions. May the Holy Spirit give them a desire to be delivered from the fear of spirits and a hunger to know Jesus.