Daily Topic for February 11, 2011

Proverbs 1:8-9
Listen, my son to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

To many of the Fulbe peoples we are praying for this month, there is an added importance for training their children. Not only is it important that their children gain needed life skills, but they also think their children represent their only legacy. Many of these marginal Fulbe Muslims either ignore or don’t believe in an afterlife. That being the case, their children are the only future they think they have.

Pray that the Fulbe peoples will understand the importance of training their children in the ways of Jesus so that they can become part of His eternal Kingdom.

Gormanche Fulbe People

by JWS

The father sighed with exasperation. “No! Haven’t I told you before? Your stitches must be much smaller. Your tunic must be sturdy enough to protect you from the wind and blowing sand.” The Gormanche Fulbe father is teaching his son how to properly sew his own clothes. Gormanche Fulbe children wear very few clothes until they are old enough to sew. Each person makes their own clothes. Men express themselves with distinctive clothing that expresses their individuality.

The Gormanche Fulbe are a semi-nomadic people who mix agriculture with herding. In the rainy season they live in permanent homes, cultivating and harvesting. In the dry season they take their herds to marshlands or flood plains for water and better grazing. When a boy turns 15, his father passes his work to the boy. This maintains separation of the generations. The fathers supervise their sons. They feel that if you have a person to work for you, you gain social status. Some people think the Gormanche Fulbe don’t like to work. Actually, they prefer to work in the dry season because herding cattle is easier work than tending to the crops. The Fulbe Gormanche are 99 percent Muslim.

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Pray for mission agencies to reach out to these unreached people. Pray for workers to live among them and teach them about Jesus.

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