Daily Topic for January 03, 2013

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

The reality of our being made in the image of God is so significant that the entirety of Scripture would be meaningless without it. He created us to represent all that He is. That we have this capacity to represent the character, power, and authority of God is what makes the Great Commission an assignment of the highest order. All over the world, the devil has sought to diminish the glory of God by destroying that which in every nation was designed to reflect His majesty. As we take this message to all peoples, may we be constantly reminded that every human being has eternal significance and infinite value as an instrument of praise!

Pray that all nomadic peoples might experience the joy of glorifying God through their own redeemed cultural expressions.

Missionary Biography, Continued

Ato Mahey continued his work in the area, covering three different mission stations across southwest Ethiopia. On one such trip he met a Bunna man named Gersho who had been in prison many years awaiting execution for several murders. Christian believers imprisoned for their faith befriended him and began to care for his needs. Gersho soon learned their language, and as he did, they shared their faith with him in prison. He readily accepted Christ and learned a second language in order to be able to read the only Bible they had. Two years later, when the Christians were released from prison, they left Gersho in charge of both preaching and pastoring the prisoners. He was later released from prison.

God changed this murderer into His messenger, and then sent him back to his own Bunna people. One of Gersho’s family members who welcomed him home was his brother, the young man who many years ago had murdered Peter on his way home from the clinic. God works in mysterious ways!

Through his knowledge of traditional Bunna rituals, Gersho successfully presented the gospel message in a way the Bunnas could understand and receive. Seeds that had been planted by Peter, his widow, Ato Mahey, and Charlie Bonk for 10 years finally took root. God used one from among the Bunnas themselves to become a “life giver” to his own people.

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Pray for God to raise up more “life givers” among the Bunna people.

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