Daily Topic for January 18, 2013
Two chapters after Abraham is called to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth, we have this account of Abraham’s interaction with the Amorities. By this time Abraham had become a trusted friend of this people group, and his influence appears to have been strong. When God spoke of the future demise of Canaanite society to Abraham, He said it would not take place for 400 years because the sin of the Amorites had not yet reached its full measure (Genesis 15:18). It seems that Abraham’s presence as salt and light served as a preserving agent for righteousness among this group. Today, we are called to do the same: to find an unreached people group, settle among them, and become influencers for the Kingdom.
Pray for some Christ followers to live among the Tunni people and be salt and light to them.
A line of Tunni clansmen followed their chief to a neighbor’s field. All day they worked in a field owned by someone else. Each man knew that when he needed help, the chief would call the clan there as well. Among the Tunni people, agricultural work operates through mutual help. Work parties respond to the chief’s call to work in a specific field on special workdays. This way they help their own clan members as well as other villages.
Although the Tunni people count as a sub-group of Somalis, their lives differ from other Somalis. They live in the most fertile part of Somalia, between the Jubba and the Shabeelle Rivers. Here they became farmers instead of nomadic herders like most Somalis. Husbands and wives share a common hut with a thin curtain dividing the husband from the wife. Perhaps the most important distinction is that the Tunni people speak a different language than the majority of Somalis. For this reason the Tunni people have no Christian resources available to them in their mother tongue. Few among them have heard a simple presentation of the story of Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that a revival spreading in East Africa will reach the Tunni people. Ask God to raise up evangelists among the Tunnis’ neighbors who will share the message of Jesus with them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare the spirits of Tunni leaders to receive the good news of salvation.