Daily Topic for December 14, 2012
Whatever our ministry in the harvest field, there will be tears: tears of frustration or of grief. Barriers in cross-cultural seed-planting are particularly hard to break down. Barriers often include a new language, age-old traditions, spiritual blindness, and demonic opposition, as well as illiteracy and poverty. But the blindest eyes can recognize the sower’s compassion, his helping hands, his thoughtful understanding. God’s Word can shatter rocks and hardened clods of earth, enabling the seed to take root and begin to grow. The caring, the helping-and the weeping-often continue for many long years. First the sowing and the nurture, then the harvest and the joy! Then, the singing!
Pray faithfully for God’s laborers in hard fields as they persevere in their work next year.
The strapping young Berber man began the steep ascent up the mountains, herding his flock of sheep to higher pastures. The heavily wooded mountain slope allowed the sun’s rays to fall intermittently, with dazzling brightness on the mountain path. Looking up through the leaves he beheld a cloudless azure-blue sky. He drew in the clean and crisp mountain air, happily reminiscing the simple joys of living in a small, tightly knit, rural community.
He belonged to a large family, the head of which was his great grandfather. Born and raised in the same house in which his father and grandfather before him were born in, he grew with the heightened appreciation of tradition. They valued family immensely, and everyone deferred to His great grandfather’s decisions. No one dared to disobey the rules of the household or the village; doing so could mean being ostracized.
The gathering storm clouds overtook the clear blue skies much the same way the happy thoughts of his childhood were overshadowed by the present. He had just heard from fellow shepherds in the lowlands about Jesus. Having spent the last few months with these gentle shepherds and having seen the love they show for God and each other, he was drawn to their faith. But if he chose their faith, he would be forced to lose the family he loves.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Holy Spirit will move among the Central Shilha Berbers in such a way that Christ will be glorified within each family.