Daily Topic for February 03, 2012
Habakkuk prophesied that the nations of the earth will one day have the knowledge of the Living God. As it stands, they have a certain amount of knowledge of Him when they view His beautiful creation. But the nations need more. They need to know about His love through Jesus. That is where the Word of the Lord becomes especially important.
Pray that God will speed the day when the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth!
Did you read your Bible this morning? Most Malinke people didn’t. Those who did probably read it in a trade language like Bambara or French. Most of the Malinke subgroups we are praying for this month need their own Bible translation. Once that is accomplished, someone can produce other Christian materials in their languages as well.
As you read this, there is a team working on a Bible translation for one of the Malinke peoples. A good part of their time is spent taking care of daily business of cooking, cleaning, educating the children, and building relationships with Malinkes. Unlike you and me, they face the daily challenges of living in an African town where electricity is not available, so they have to rely on solar power.
To do what they are doing requires a tremendous amount of perseverance. It will take many years to complete this Bible translation, and even when the work is done, there is no guarantee that people will accept it or read it.
In addition, the Bible translation team has faced significant spiritual opposition over the years, causing the work to be slow and threatening its continued progress.
Pray for Malinke elders to be moved by the Holy Spirit to open the door for the Bible to be accepted in their communities. Pray for a people movement to Christ among Malinke tribes. Pray for longevity among the translating team.