Daily Topic for February 04, 2013
Indeed, God would be feared and glorified, not only by the Egyptians, the most powerful nation at that time, but also by the surrounding nations. All the nations in that region would soon know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the God of Israel was the Lord of all. Though God normally woos the nations to His side through His goodness and love, He can also bare his arm, as He did in this instance.
Pray that many Hausa people of Nigeria will turn their hearts to the Lord before the Day of Judgment comes.
All eyes were on Kalunga. As he told the story his legs pumped up and down. “Bayaijidda ran fast to get away from his father. After he had outrun him, he found a blacksmith who forged a wonderful knife.” Using a dramatic slashing movement, Kalunga pantomimed cutting ropes, and the flailing arms of the people of Daura set free from the bondage of an oppressive sacred snake. He made an anguished hissing sound that made the children giggle. “And the people were set free! Bayajjidda married the queen of Daura, and they had seven sons, each of whom ruled one of the city-states of Hausa-land. And the Hausa people have been strong ever since!”
With a population between 20-30 million, the Hausas are the most powerful people of Nigeria, the most populous nation in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Though most of them are either farmers or herders, they are the ones who make the decisions that affect Nigeria’s destiny.
The Hausas had some Islamic influence as early as the 11th century, but during the early 1800s, they were conquered and turned to Islam, starting with their leaders. It was the Fulani (AKA, Fulbe) peoples who conquered them, and today people often speak of the Hausa-Fulani as one group. There are only about 36,000 followers of Christ among the Hausas.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the light of Christ to shine brightly among the Hausas. Pray that they will tire of religious duties and fighting in the name of Islam, and turn to the Prince of Peace.