Daily Topic for February 27, 2014

Exodus 17:11-12
Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put in under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands ....

Intercessor, see how important your assignment is? As you pray for the Badyara, know that your “holding up the hands” of their harvesters is the difference between victory and defeat for the band of overcomers. We know that He is calling out believers from this people group to win the rest of the West African people groups to the kingdom of Jesus Christ!

Pray for refreshment for harvesters working among the Badyara people. May they have victory in Christ as they labor, knowing that the victory will come in the Lord’s time.

Badyara (Badyaranke) People

by TP

Many peoples of the world have arranged marriages, but the Badyara people have a unique reason for it. Marriage between lovers is forbidden out of fear that the one loved will become powerless through the love of the other! For this reason, the family arranges marriages.

At some time before they get married, Badyara boys are circumcised as part of an adult initiation ceremony. Girls are unfortunately “circumcised” in a way that often leads to infections and infertility.

The Badyara are a West African Atlantic coastal people living in Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and Guinea-Bissau. Those in Senegal earn their living from the cotton industry, subsistence farming, and honey extraction. Although some live in Dakar, Senegal’s port city and capital, most live in small villages and towns of 100 to 500 people. In Senegal, they number some 3,000 out of their world-wide population of 15,700.

Although about 80 percent of the Badyara are Muslims, 19 percent are African traditional religionists (animists) who fear spirits, and one percent are Christians. Most of the Christians are Roman Catholics or members of African Independent Churches (AICs). The number of Christians is remarkable given the lack of an indigenous Bible translation. Animism influences both Christians and Muslims alike.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Bible translation work to begin for the Badyara people. Pray for the spiritual growth of Christ’s followers so they can be salt and light to their neighbors. Pray that fear of being weakened through love will not prejudice them from responding positively to God’s love in Christ.

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