Daily Topic for February 13, 2015
The demons had to obey Him; He alone is sovereign! A whole community had to circumvent the tombs, and two men were at the “mercy” of demons. Then and now God knows how to make order out of a chaotic situation.
Pray that the Duungooma Samogho people will hear about the true and living God who can rescue them from chaos and tragedy. Pray that they will turn their lives over to Him.
Remember the phrase “stuck between a rock and a hard place”? That describes today’s people group. They live in a hot dry climate and suffer from sleeping sickness and river blindness. The latter illness is because the river that runs through their territory is full of parasites. Therefore, they cannot escape the heat by bathing in the river for fear of sickness.
The Duungooma Samogho people speak three different languages and number some 122,000 people. They farm grains, peanuts, cotton, ginger, mangos, and vegetables. They also raise chickens and livestock. The household is the basic economic unit. However, everyone’s agricultural products are stored village-wide in some 100 granaries per village. The headman is in charge of the entire village. Samogho society is patrilineal; both the eldest son and the father’s younger brother inherit the property. Society is also patrilocal, meaning that one lives with one’s father’s people. It is also polygamous.
Most of the Duungooma Samogho follow traditional African folk religion. Both Islam and Christianity are minority faiths. They worship a creator god via spirit mediators in idols kept in household shrines. Ancestor worship is also important.
Although they apparently have no Bible in any of their languages, they are not without a witness to Jesus. In addition to Lori Price, a woman who is an independent missionary and supported by her own board, the Mennonite Mission Network and the International Mission Board also have missionaries among them.
Pray that this people group will respond to the ministries of these missionaries. Pray for discernment on the part of missionaries and local believers as they give out the gospel. Pray for dreams and visions of Jesus. As there is a drought, pray that they will get adequate rain