Daily Topic for February 12, 2014

Exodus 6:6-9, Message
I am God. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment. I'll take you as my own people and I'll be God to you.

When believers deliver this message to the Bambaras, some won’t even listen to it. They are that beaten down in spirit by their harsh slave conditions. Or perhaps they have come to the point where they are so comfortable in their chains that they don’t even want to lose them.

Pray for the chains in their hearts and minds to be broken. Pray that God’s power, light, life, love, and deliverance will flow through His harvesters of the Bambara people!

Bambara People of Mauritania

by CL

Bemba took the flour and the bowl of water into the room where his father was sitting. After setting them down, his father said, “This should go to your grandfather’s room.” Bemba nodded. He knew that his grandfather was the oldest, wisest man in their extended family. Whenever something was wrong or a decision had to be made, his grandfather was the man everyone went to.

Bemba’s father explained, “Grandfather will use these to make an offering to our ancestors.” Bemba asked, “Our ancestors? Like Mohammad?” Bemba had been learning about Mohammad in school, and he was memorizing the Qur’an. The middle aged Bambara man explained to the boy, “No, son. I mean those in our family who have come before us. They help us when we have needs. They live in the spirit world, though sometimes they appear to us as monkeys or jackals.” Bemba considered this. “Will I learn about them in the Qur’an?” “No, son. This is something that we need along with Islam. It is ancient and powerful.”

Most of the Bambara people of Mauritania mix folk religion with Islam. Although mission organizations are currently working to reach the Bambara, there are still very few of them who follow Christ.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Lord to open the spiritual eyes and hearts of the Bambara people to receive the gift of His only Son. Ask God to draw many of the Bambara to Christ and eternal life.

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