Daily Topic for February 14, 2013

Exodus 18:21
But select capable men from all the people-men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain-and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.

God was giving Moses some sound principles to follow when selecting leaders for the new nation of Israel. In order to be a light to the world rather than a disgrace, they had to demonstrate holiness. Justice was in short supply in that time period. If there was one nation that demonstrated true justice, the others would stand up and take notice.

Pray that the leaders of Nigeria will courageously demonstrate justice for the glory of the true God of Heaven.

Movement for African National Initiatives (MANI)

by JS

The modern mission movement began around 1792 when William Carey, heeding the Great Commission in the gospel of Matthew, left his native England and sailed for India. Soon England began to send missionaries all over the world. Then the USA picked up the mantle, eventually surpassing England’s earlier efforts. Now the circle seems complete as we see nations that were once the focus of mission efforts are obeying the call “to teach all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20).

The goal of the Movement for African National Initiatives (MANI) is to get all African missions to work together and focus on promoting African national initiatives. They want to mobilize the resources of the Body of Christ in Africa for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

The national initiatives follow a common and logical sequence: build vision; do research; mobilize the church; train workers; send workers and do church planting. Inherent in this planning is the goal that different agencies will not duplicate or overlap the work of others.

Sub-Saharan Africa is dominated by a Christian majority, and the northern half of the continent is predominantly Muslim. There are 3,768 people groups in Africa, and 996 of them are unreached. The majority are in a belt stretching from Senegal in the West to Somalia in the East of the continent. The African church has heard God’s command to “go north” into northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and beyond.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Holy Spirit to fan the flames of MANI’s vision and passion, and empower its workers to complete the task, resulting in Jesus being glorified among the nations.

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