Daily Topic for February 18, 2015

Judges 6:15, NIV
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

Gideon thought that since he was from a small, weak clan that God could not use him. It’s true that being from a clan with low status could hinder his work. But throughout church history God has used people of low status to win the lost to His kingdom. For example, William Carey, the father of the modern Protestant mission movement, was a shoe repairman from a poor family.

Pray that we as prayer warriors can see ourselves and the world through God’s eyes. Pray that we will clearly understand what God wants to do through us. Pray that He will raise up many believers to go to the small, isolated people groups, as well as to the prominent ones like the Wolofs who dominate Senegal.

Wolof People of Senegal

by CL

(This story is intended to illustrate how this people group thinks and lives.)
“We are very concerned about you, son.” The old man said, slowly shaking his head. “Why is that, father?” The son knew the answer, but he wanted to be respectful. “To be Wolof is to be a family,” explained the father. “I have a family, father. You are my family.” The old man was shaking his head again. “When will you take a second wife? We are not poor. By having only one wife, you make us look bad.” “Times are changing, father,” explained the son. The old man replied with clenched teeth, “Tradition never changes. You shame us until you have more wives and more children.”
The Wolof people of Senegal consider extended family to be a source of pride. Having multiple wives and many children is equated with wealth and high standing in their society.
Islam is also central to Wolof culture. Most Wolof belong to a Marabout Brotherhood— a group that follows holy men who are believed to possess supernatural powers. Marabouts teach, bless, and act as an intermediary between the living and the dead. Loyalty to the Islamic brotherhoods is a great obstacle to evangelism.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Lord to continue sending believers to the Wolof. Ask Him to give them wisdom and effective strategies for sharing the good news. Pray for many Wolof people to put their faith in Christ rather than the teachings and blessings of the marabouts

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