Daily Topic for December 27, 2012

Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach. "Repent, for the kingdom of God is near."

This Christmas season, we need to begin by remembering the purpose and the message of the Savior who was born in Bethlehem. This is the headline, so to speak, of Jesus’ message to the Jews. When we repent, we turn from our old ways, and adopt the ways God has for us. It is a lifelong process, one which makes our spiritual lives an adventure in learning and obeying. One of the sins we need to repent of is that of neglecting those without the gospel. Is there anything you need to repent of in this area?

Pray that the Holy Spirit will show us what we need to repent of, so we can be more obedient to His ways.

Tajakant Tribe

by LR

The Tajakant Bedouin woman peered over her cousin’s shoulder to see the strange new book about God that her imam never told them about. She planned to ask her questions about it in private. She and her husband had left their nomadic life and moved their family into the city last month. She was not used to these Western house items or customs. But her husband insisted that modernization would be beneficial. Perhaps this book might be a benefit too, she mused.

Nearly 1.5 million Tajakants live in Algeria, making up four percent of the population of that country. Their tribe was completely nomadic until recent years when the government lured many of them into the city with promises of services and employment. Traditionally, they live as pastoral nomads who trade for goods. Women sow the tent material for their tents and teach the children about nomadic Bedouin life. The nomadic Tajakants use sand to wash their hands before Muslim prayers.

Except for a handful of Christ followers, the entire tribe is Sunni Muslim. In the city, a strong militant power threatens those who try to reach the Tajakant with the gospel. Ninety percent of Christ followers with a Muslim background face unemployment. Christian microenterprise organizations are trying to provide believers with work.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that an active mission force will find creative strategies to effectively reach the Tajakant people, especially those who maintain their traditional nomadic lifestyle.

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