Daily Topic for February 11, 2013

Exodus 32:32
But now, please forgive their sin-but if not, then blot me out of the book You have written.

In this passage you see the fatherly love Moses had for the children of Israel. But it also gives us the best example in all of Scripture of why we must intercede for those who are spiritually ill. God answered Moses’ prayer in a big way! Will you do the same for the lost when you pray for them this month? Will you even pray for those who abuse the Lord’s children in northern Nigeria?

Pray that you will intercede like Moses for the unreached peoples who desperately need to become part of God’s Kingdom.

Shuwa Arabs (AKA, Baggara) in Nigeria

by JR

The Shuwa Arabs began settling in western Sudan in the 12th and 13th centuries, and now they are widely scattered across the plains of Africa, including Nigeria. To them, location is not the issue. The Shuwa Arabs associate their origins with what they do. Their livelihood revolves around cattle. Their common name, Baggara, means “cow.” They use every part of the cow. They consume heavy amounts of milk and cheese; they use the cow’s fat and dung as healing ointments; the skins are used for clothing and tents; even the bones are put to use as ornaments and weapons.

Most Shuwa Arabs live a nomadic life, moving a couple of times per year to keep their animals fed. However, some have recently moved into cities; but this is the exception to their centuries-held custom.

There has been some active ministry among the Shuwa Arabs, but very little response to the gospel. Their commitment to Islam is very strong; they have been Muslims for centuries.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will raise up missionaries who are willing to live and travel with the Shuwa Arabs for the sake of the gospel. Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare Shuwa Arab hearts to receive Jesus.

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