Daily Topic for May 17, 2012

Romans 8:5
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Today we are reading about a people group where the mind of the flesh has swayed them to incredible evil. Before we judge them, let us remember that we too are also inclined towards the flesh and sin. But thanks be to God who gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us in a super-natural direction!

Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict members of the Swarka Bedouins of sin, so that some of them may turn to Him and to His ways.

Swarka Bedouins of Egypt

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Imagine the feel of the heat of the desert wind blowing on your skin. When you look to the right you see mountains. When you look in all other directions you see sand. This is the Sinai Desert. This is the land of the Swarka Bedouin tribe, the largest known tribe in a region that borders Egypt and Israel.
Recently the tribe was exposed by CNN in a documentary for their treatment of African refugees. Swarka individuals are accused of extorting money from the refugees with the promise to assist them across the Sinai to Israel. Instead they set them up for slavery. Women were reported raped and brutally beaten. In some cases the result was death as they harvested their organs. According to CNN, the Swarkas partnered with doctors to remove organs from the refugees to be sold. Once the organs were removed, the refugees were then buried in the desert in unmarked graves.
The dark hearts of the Swarka Bedouins result in ruined lives and death, yet God desires them to turn to Him. The answer to remove the evil is found in I Timothy 2:2-4: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Pray that God will touch the hearts of the Swarka Bedouins and draw them to Him. Ask God to send His followers to share the love of Jesus with them.

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