Daily Topic for January 23, 2015

Genesis 26:12-13 ESV
And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him, and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy.

Does God’s blessing always result in a good harvest? No. But there are many times in Scripture where God blesses someone by making them wealthy and their possessions abundant. What can a wealthy person do to honor the Lord? It is clear that when someone has wealth, they have opportunities that others lack. Giving money directly to projects is one possibility, but so is using their time for His purposes. A wealthy person has much more influence than others.

Pray that the Lord will prompt the wealthy to follow Christ more closely.

Messiria Baggara People of Sudan

by CL

(This story is intended to illustrate how this people group thinks and lives).

When both men had finished loading their AK-47s, they sat quietly in the small cluster of trees overlooking the river. “Do you think they will come?” the first man asked. He was younger and had never been involved in a battle. “They will come,” the other man assured him and added, “Then we will do what we must to protect what is ours.” The younger man objected, “But the river belongs to the land. It should be shared.” Glaring at him, the older man replied, “The Nuba people do not know how to share, so we must convince them that the river belongs to us.” With that he sneered and patted his rifle.

The Messiria people of Sudan are nomadic herdsmen who often fight for the water their cattle require. This struggle with other peoples for resources has sometimes resulted in the slaughter of entire Messiria camps.

Reaching this people group with the gospel has been a challenge because of their nomadic lifestyle and their Islamic faith. They are nearly all Muslims, and many even make the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Lord to raise up workers who will go to the Messiria and share Christ in ways that will be understood and accepted. Pray for the hearts of the Messira to be soft and ready to hear and receive Him. Ask God to establish His Church among them.

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