Daily Topic for December 15, 2011

Matthew 2:28
…and he lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Nazareth in Galilee was considered by the Jews to be the armpit of Israel. It was on the very edge of the nation, so the people had frequent dealings with “unclean” Gentiles from bordering areas. Yet because it was located so close to the Gentile peoples, and because it was on the crossroads where many people traveled, Jesus could reach many people at a time when travel was rare. Do you live in a place that has low status? Does that mean that God can’t use you or your local church to reach the nations in your own back yard?

Pray that God will show you how to reach the nations, no matter where you live.

Najdi Bedouins of Jordan

by LR

“It’s shocking! How can the king allow her to act this way?” Such comments could represent the beliefs of Jordanian Bedouin men regarding the actions of the king’s wife, Queen Rania, whom they believe exerts too much political power. This stunningly beautiful woman dresses and acts very Western to the dismay of Jordan’s conservative Bedouin populations. Bedouins also fear democracy because there are large numbers of Palestinian refugees living in their traditional homeland. Now they are threatening revolts similar to those in Tunisia and Egypt.
There are 300,000 Bedouins in Jordan, and 58,000 of these are from the Najdi tribe. Many travel the desert on camels and live in tents as nomads. They are perceived as aggressive raiders. Other Bedouins have chosen the agricultural life, settling closer to the East Bank of the Dead Sea.
Sunni Islam is the state religion, although Jordan allows religious freedom. Bedouins are among the least reached peoples of the world, but there is great potential to reach them in Jordan. With a high literacy rate of 91 percent, Jordanians have a full translation of Scripture in Arabic. They also have the gospel available to them through Arabic radio, satellite TV and the JESUS Film.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

As times are changing in the Arab World, pray that Jordan’s Bedouin tribes will find peace through Jesus. Pray that God will raise up Najdi Bedouins who will follow Him and encourage others to do the same.

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