Daily Topic for December 13, 2010

Genesis 10:18-20
So Pharaoh summoned Abram. … Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

Abram lost his credibility with Egypt’s Pharaoh when he lied about his wife. Credibility is very hard to reestablish, so perhaps it was best that he left Egypt at that point. In today’s Egypt, the Halebi Gypsies have a reputation for being “integrity challenged.” Could you imagine how much it would glorify Christ if thousands of them came to Christ, and they became noted for their honesty?

Pray that Gypsies who follow Christ will be known for their honesty so that Christ may be honored among the Muslim Egyptians.

Halebi Gypsies

by JS

Yesterday we read of the Domari Gypsies of Egypt. The Halebi Gypsies are another Gypsy sub-group that live in the Nile Delta region of Egypt. There are about 1,254,000 Halebi Gypsies. Halebi is an Egyptian word meaning Gypsy. There are four tribes living in the delta area. They claim to come from Yemen and Syria, but like other Gypsies, their roots are in India. They speak Arabic along with their own Romani dialect.

The Halebis have adapted to life in the Nile Delta Area. The men trade horses, and the women practice folk medicine, fortune-telling, and divination. Like other gypsy groups, they have been so marginalized that it is difficult for them to trust outsiders, and their reputation as beggars and thieves have made them undesirable targets for outreach. However, within their own society they have a strict moral code, valuing justice, fidelity and morality. If a gypsy becomes impure by some immoral or unlawful act, he is considered an outcast. The Halebis like the Domaris have many dire needs: hygiene instruction, suitable housing, medical attention, and education.

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Pray that missionaries who have a heart for reaching the Halebi will also have God-given strategies and skills that will prove effective in penetrating their society and winning them to Christ. Pray that God will send the Halebi Gypsies visions of someone coming to them with the good news.

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