Daily Topic for December 16, 2012
God is a missionary God who carries within His heart the desire to communicate His Word. Not only is He the great Creator, He is also the great Communicator. Amid this week’s preparations for Christmas, let’s reverently recall the great passages in Scripture that anticipate and describe the birth of Jesus Christ. Then, let’s allow the drama of the great event to give focus to our prayers for the unreached peoples who still have not heard that a savior was born. Christmas is the most missionary time of the year!
Pray that God will give us a new zeal to make Him known among the unreached peoples this Christmas season.
Doing anything for thousands of years is almost incomprehensible to us in the West! We cannot picture maintaining a lifestyle and occupation from one generation to the next, because we are so technology driven and modern economies change so quickly. We are used to rapid change, but that isn’t the case for many unreached people groups like the Idaksahak Berbers.
For Idaksahak Berbers, life has essentially remained one of pastoral care for livestock century after century. They are nomads who hold few possessions and continually stay on the move across the deserts of Algeria. These “Sons of Isaak,” which is what Idaksahak means, are committed to their livestock, their families, and their Muslim faith. They carry out trade with the Arabs in the region, exchanging their livestock for agricultural goods. They were once religious experts and livestock tenders for higher caste Tuareg (aka, Tamacheq) factions.
Some migrated to subsaharan Africa between the eighth and ninth centuries, and they were among the first Muslim groups in the area. More of them are town dwellers than at any time in their history. The very fact that these “Sons of Isaak” are nomadic has been a difficult challenge to the church in its calling to reach them with the gospel.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for ways to connect with the Idaksahak Berbers for anyone who tries to reach them for Christ. Pray that God would give dreams and visions to leaders of this people group that will stir their spiritual hunger and open them to seek and find Jesus.