Daily Topic for January 26, 2013

Genesis 41:38
So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?"

These words from the most powerful ruler in the world concerning Joseph are a testimony to how serious God was about His promise to Joseph’s great grandfather Abraham. He promised him that all the nations on the earth would be blessed through him and his descendants. Then, in short order the Covenant Keeper proceeded to carry out his plan by placing one of Abraham’s descendants into the office of second in command over the world’s greatest superpower. This account also reveals to us the way in which God intends to work through His people. The leaders of nations are important in God’s plan, and He desires to influence them through His prophetic representatives. We see this happen over and over again in Scripture from Moses to Solomon to Daniel to the Apostle Paul.

Pray that leaders from every remaining frontier people might surrender their lives to the King of Kings.

Bideyat (AKA, Beri) Zaghawa People

by PD

Hinda Deby, the newest and youngest wife of Chad’s President said, “He is a fighter! He always will be. It’s not easy ruling this country.”

General Idriss Deby Itno has been president of Chad since 1990. He is from the Bidiyat clan of the Zaghawa ethnic group. Originally he came from a herding family; however, educational opportunity allowed him to advance. This included officer’s training, plus learning to pilot an airplane. He has survived various rebellions against his rule in a country that has faced severe political corruption, wars, ethnic division, multiple health problems, and a lack of food and jobs.

The majority of the 6,200 Muslim Bideyat people of Chad attempt to make a livelihood through sheep herding and some farming. However, the problems they face are the same as those of other Chadian ethnic groups. Even though he is from their clan, a number of the Bideyats have rebelled against Deby’s rule. These and other revolts have caused death and injury to thousands of innocent people caught in the violence.

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Pray that God’s Word and message of compassion will penetrate President Deby and his administration so the leadership will come to repentance and begin to rule in a just manner. Pray that Bideyat clan leaders will listen to the words of Jesus and strive to lead by serving. Pray that Christ’s ways will penetrate Chad, ending the cycle of violence and disunity.

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