Daily Topic for February 26, 2014

II Samuel 22:2-3, NIV
He said: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior and from violent people You save me.

David was a powerful worshipper of God. God, Who seeks true worshippers, enveloped David with His presence and protection in much the same way a turtle is protected by his shell. God can, and will protect His own, but we need to be part of the process by praying.

As His workers call out true worshippers from among the Khasonke people, pray for His rock-solid protection over both the harvesters and the new believers.

Khasonke of Mali

by JR

For decade after decade, the dry soil of southwestern Mali has served the Khasonke people. Steady crops of millet and sorghum have continued to provide a living and security for them. But they must have an adequate harvest or they can easily starve. Across Mali, the average daily income is $1.50 USD, so the Khasonke people are not alone in their poverty.

Due partly to poverty and partly because of Muslim traditions, boys will attend Islamic schools just long enough to learn the basics of Islam as well as general math. The math is learned for the purpose of helping them with their farming and business needs. Their schools do not emphasize reading, so most cannot read.

Khasonke families have learned the importance of togetherness. It is not unusual for an extended family of 50 people to be dwelling together, with each family unit having as many as eight children.

A popular proverb states that. “Mali is 98 percent Muslim, two percent Christian, and 100 percent animist.” Animist traditions often hold even the few who claim to have faith in Jesus.

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Pray that the physical needs of the Khasonke people will be met. Pray that the Khasonke will be targeted by the church for prayer and church planting. Pray for the hearts of the Khasonke to begin softening toward the gospel.

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