Daily Topic for December 30, 2012
World evangelization is the Lord’s work. He is building a people for Himself from every tribe, tongue and nation. The Church is that people, who are also His laborers, His watchmen, His channels of blessing for all nations. But the Church must be careful how it builds, lest it build in its own strength and not according to God’s blueprints. Let us therefore be sure to keep our eyes fixed on the Master Builder, Jesus, and His work. For we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:58).
Pray and renew your commitment to be His witness, so that there will be a church for every people.
“Why can’t we live like our grandfathers and fathers? They had all the time they wanted. They could take their camels, sheep, and goats anywhere for food. We can hardly breathe the desert air in this small oasis! Look at the lousy dates we have to survive on. Look how much time it takes for our women to haul water in jars for our small crops.”
Balil, a Sidi Bedouin, was complaining to his brother. “Even our camels give us only a little milk because they can’t find enough bushes to eat. Look at what happened to our cousin Ishmael. He has work unloading wheat bags in the town for money. This is a disgrace to our tribe! The government talks about sending a teacher to us so even our girls can learn to read. I tell you this is the work of the evil jinn! We must never lose our traditions as Bedouins!” His brother, Hamil said, “Balil, I think you worry too much. We can keep our traditions and have a better life than our grandparents did”
The Sidi Bedouins of Algeria, like other Bedouin tribes, are facing changes forced on them by the government.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that with change they will be open to new friendships that will lead them to knowing the Living God who wants them to know His ways.