Daily Topic for January 19, 2013
Abraham’s relationship with Melchizedek, a local King that worshipped the Creator God, has important missiological significance. Spiritually speaking, the Bible says Melchizedek, which means “king of righteousness,” was the founder of a priestly order whose pattern both David and Jesus followed. Though the Canaanites were beginning to turn to an idolatrous worship of the sun and moon, Melchizedek chose to stand against this and identify himself with the Creator. Abraham recognized that they were on the same team, and thus made the important decision to ally himself with this king-priest.
Pray that frontier missionaries might have the discernment to identify and build on the redemptive work God is already doing among unreached people groups.
About 1,000 years ago Zaghawa nomads stormed throughout what is now Chad and Sudan, pillaging as they went, taking slaves, and establishing their control over neighboring kingdoms and tribes. Like other powerful nomadic peoples, the Zaghawas mainly pillaged without establishing much political control over the places they conquered. It took over 200 years before their power was broken by the Kanem Empire, but the Zaghawas retained control over the desert areas for about another 200 years.
Today the Zaghawas are powerful in Chad, where the current president, Idriss Déby, is one of their number (see day 26). But members of this ethnic group in neighboring Sudan are not as fortunate. About 100,000 of the Sudanese Zaghawas are now refugees in Chad, according to Wikipedia.
“We don’t care about Chad or Sudan,” said a Zaghawa soldier to an Al Jazeera reporter, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Z11yfznaA. He went on to say, “Where we find pasture, that’s our home.… All the Zaghawa people are one,” he concluded.
Long ago Sufi Muslim missionaries on their way to Mecca converted Zaghawa leaders. However most of this ethnic group remained animistic until the 1940s when they had a massive movement to Islam. They don’t have the Bible in their own language, but as of 2000, they have a new alphabet, based on livestock brands.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Scriptures to be translated for the Zaghawa people, and for a movement to Christ.