Daily Topic for December 23, 2012

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

We in the Western world often consider darkness to be merely the absence of light. The Bible calls it evil and says it is an aggressive force. Nevertheless, John rejoices that this darkness has not overpowered the light that shines in Jesus. It was this darkness that caused most of the Jews not to understand the fact that the Messiah truly had come. But they also didn’t understand that Jesus meant to include the Gentiles in His love and blessing.

Pray that the Church, including your congregation, may prevail against spiritual forces intent on keeping the world in darkness.

Hausa People in Algeria

by TP

Upon arriving in Algeria, the Nigerian man wondered what life would be like in this North African country. Nigeria is periodically wracked by violence between Muslim and “Christian” communities. Here things seemed quieter and calmer; yet there is increasing pressure by Islamic groups to impose Sharia, or Islamic law just like back home in northern Nigeria. He hoped he had left behind such tensions.

His second thought was about work, shelter, and food. His uncle would help him find work and provide temporary housing and food. This was the way it always was. Friends and family would help, and in due time the new immigrants would become established and welcome other relatives. Never intending to stay long, they almost always put down roots while never completely discarding ties with the homeland.

He was one of some 10,000 Hausa-speakers living in Algeria, most of whom are Sunni Muslims. Now he was surrounded by other Muslims. He felt safer being in a land without Christians.

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Pray for God to raise up Christ’s ambassadors who will demonstrate His love to Hausa migrants. Pray for showing the JESUS Film in Hausa, and for Christian media (radio, TV, the Internet, and music) to reach Hausas in Algeria. Pray that they will have dreams and visions that will lead them to the Savior. Pray they learn to cast all their anxieties on Him.

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