Daily Topic for February 16, 2013
It’s encouraging to know that God has a purpose for each of us. In this instance, he called all skilled artisans to work on the brand new tabernacle. He isn’t just calling the super star artisans, but everyone with even a little skill. Apparently, the Dendi people are skilled as merchants. If they became part of God’s family, they could use their skills for His glory. Imagine what honest traders and public officials could do to glorify Christ’s Name. It can happen if the Holy Spirit transforms them.
Pray that the Dendi people group will seek the true and living God with all their hearts.
The man smiled at himself in the mirror. His grandfather would have been proud of him. Powerful traders on the Niger River, the Dendi people group now have a prominent place in politics.
Only 3,000 Dendi, or Dendawa as they are sometimes known, live in Nigeria today. Many others, however, live in surrounding countries, mostly concentrated around the Niger River. Located in the north of Nigeria’s Kebbi state, they are associated with the Songhai people cluster. Little is known about the Dendi of Nigeria, but the Dendis of nearby countries enjoy growing political influence and increased trade. They also maintain gardens and farms.
Their animistic beliefs point them to spirits associated with the water, the land, and other things in nature. Although Islam is dominant, the Dendi often practice a form of the religion that is superficial and that emphasizes their ethnic tradition of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery.
A mere one tenth of one percent of Nigeria’s Dendi believe Jesus is God’s son. However, resources are available to those who seek the truth, as one mission group is focusing on the Dendi in a nearby country. The JESUS Film, audio-visual Bible stories, and the New Testament are available in their language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will stir the hearts of missionaries to bring Christ-centered materials to the Dendi of Nigeria and the surrounding countries.