Daily Topic for January 14, 2014
Two chapters after Abraham is called to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth, we have this account of his interaction with the Amorites. Abraham had become a trusted friend of this people. When God spoke of the future demise of Canaanite society to Abraham, He said it would not take place for 400 years because the sin of the Amorites had not yet reached its full measure (Genesis 15:18). It seems that Abraham’s presence as salt and light served as a preserving agent for righteousness among them. Today, we are called to do the same; to settle among an unreached group and become influencers for the Kingdom.
Pray for believers to be salt and light among the Mushunguli people.
What confusion! The Mushunguli people are not ethnically Somali, but Bantu, a cluster of ethnic groups rooted in Sub-Saharan Africa. Those that live in Somalia are linked to a particular Somali clan as servants. The Mushungulis are at the bottom of Somalia’s social pecking order, and they do not inter-marry with Somalis. There is a long history of the Mushunguli people serving the Somalis. Most likely they are descendants of slaves that escaped Somali masters. Later when the Italians took over Somalia, the Mushungulis were forced to work on Italian-owned plantations.
Today they are likely to work as farmers, while the Somalis are often nomadic herders. Because of the constant wars and famines that have devastated Somalia during the last 25 years, many Mushunguli people have fled to refugee camps in Kenya, vowing never to return. In difficult times those people in the lowest status suffer the most, and the Mushungulis are very vulnerable to starvation. Initially the United Nations wanted to settle them in other parts of East Africa, but the United States was willing to take in Mushunguli people. For the past 15 years, there have been pockets of Muslim Mushunguli people settling into American cities.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Mushunguli people in the United States to hear about Christ and embrace the Savior. Pray that they will gain important skills in America and use them to make a positive difference in Somalia. Pray that they will be used of the Lord to spread His fame in Somalia.