Daily Topic for July 30, 2012
The Apostle Paul was deeply thankful for the Thessalonians, especially for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It certainly brings great blessing and joy after many years on the mission field for a missionary to see his children walk in the light they have received. It signifies that the missionary’s labor in the Lord has not been in vain. Such a testimony is also a great blessing to those who first planted the seed, for they recognize that it is God who works to produce lasting fruit.
Praise the Father for those He has brought into His Kingdom through the labors of His faithful servants. Pray that there will soon be a great harvest among the Dyerma Zermi people of Africa.
The Niger River is a fun place to play for Dyerma Zermi children when they are not helping on the farm or going to school! The Dyerma Zermis make their living by agriculture. Their crops include millet, rice, corn, peanuts, and cotton. Since their focus is on agriculture, the Dyerma Zermis need lots of children to help work the farm.
The busy life of the children is twofold. Along with assisting on the farm, many of the children attend school. Children who attend secondary school are taught the English language. In addition, they speak the common West African languages of Songhai and Hausa.
According to the Joshua Project, the evangelical Baptists are the only Christian presence among this people group. Seventy five percent of the Dyerma people are Muslim. A way to reach the people is for believers to begin teaching in the Dyerma Zermi schools. This will assist in building relationships with the children. Through this the teachers can build a relational connection with the parents.
Ask God to open doors for believers to teach English in the secondary schools of the Dyerma Zermi. Pray for the JESUS Film and gospel recordings to be widely distributed among the Dyerma Zermi people. Pray for many Dyerma Zermi elders to encounter the living Christ and share Him with their people.