Daily Topic for December 25, 2014

Luke 2:20, ESV
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Why were they glorifying and praising God? It was because the shepherds had heard the angels’ explanation of why the birth of this baby was both earth-shaking and life-changing. They had just gone to see for themselves what the angels proclaimed. They saw an ordinary-looking baby in a manger, but they knew that life would never be the same.

Pray that the Libyan Berbers will understand that an encounter with the Lord will change their lives. Pray that they, like these simple shepherds, will understand that life cannot be the same after they submit to the Savior born in Bethlehem.

Libyan Berbers

by JR

The Berbers of Libya have a centuries-old tradition of singing songs in the Tamazight language; these songs distinguish them from their Arab neighbors. They have lived in North Africa since before recorded history. Until the death of Muammar Gaddafi, singing was a tradition that was severely suppressed, and it was dangerous to even attempt to use this language.

The divide between the Berbers and Arabs is nothing new. In the 1920s, Dr. Alberto Denti Di Pirajno wrote that the two people groups “cordially disdained each other. The Berbers find the Arabs obtuse, thieving, and treacherous, while the Arabs say that the Berbers have the greed of the Jews, the venom of the asp, and the honesty of a prostitute.”

Berber women are involved in domestic tasks such as weaving and pottery. Men do most of the farming, woodworking, and metalworking. These roles have seen little change over the centuries.

Immediately following Gaddafi’s death, the Berbers started to use their traditional language, as well as teach it in schools. In 2012, Amazigh town councils began funding training, salaries, and textbooks. In their eyes, this is the beginning of a new, freer life for themselves.

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Pray that along with greater political freedom, the Berbers of Libya will begin experiencing spiritual freedom in Christ. Pray that the Church will return to this area where it has so many of its earliest roots. Pray that God will bring about reconciliation between the Berbers and the Arabs.

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