Daily Topic for February 12, 2012
Like the other peoples in this region, the Jahankas are suffering from poor harvests. What is the solution? Is it better Islamic teachings? No! It’s the same solution given to the Israelites by Ezekiel. Turn to the Lord, and loathe your sin!
Pray that the Jahankas and other people groups we pray for this month will hate their sins, repent, and turn to the Lord with all their hearts.
We do not typically think of the end of slavery as a bad thing, but for the Jahanka people, discontinuing slavery hurt their economy and lifestyle. They had been reaping huge profits from their evil trade. Many of them turned to farming when the slave trade ended.
The Jahankas are spread out throughout several countries in West Africa. Numbering around 85,000, they are a subgroup of the Malinke people. Little is known about this people group, and there are very few missionaries that have had contact with them. The Jahankas are known for their commerce and emphasis on education. They are nearly 100 per cent Muslim, but are not strongly evangelistic about their faith. Their particular strain of Islam avoids the notion of holy war.
The Jahanka people once supported themselves through religious teaching, and there is still an important segment of them who are professional Islamic clerics. Some Jahankas travel as much as 14 hours one-way to receive or to give spiritual teachings and guidance. Families send their children to study at clerical schools run by Jahankas.
Pray that God’s people will intentionally connect with the Jahanka people. Praise God that some IMB personnel have begun working among them. Pray that gospel recordings will soon become widely available to them. Pray that they will see the emptiness of Islam and will turn to Christ.