Daily Topic for February 06, 2012
Joel’s prophecy foresaw that God would summon the nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, there pronouncing judgment on the wicked, but declaring refuge for His people. As the prophet looked out over the sea of humanity in the valley, he was vividly aware that the great and terrible Judgment Day was imminent. This prophecy was a picture of today’s world in which vast multitudes hang in the balance of decision. Will we give each people group the opportunity to decide to follow Jesus? Will we offer salvation to the nations in order to save them from judgment?
Pray that God will raise up messengers from His Church and thrust them out to peoples like the Sankaran Malinke people.
“Why do they call you ‘Wadaba’?” Highly impressed with the musical ability of the Sankaran young man, the visitors had many questions. “Wadaba means ‘Great Panther,’ and my Sankaran Malinke people say the sounds I make on my djembe drum have the power of a wild cat’s scream. My family and the people of my village encouraged me, so I was able to study with the great drummer, Knoate, in Conakry. See this leather pouch? This contains written verses from our Holy Qur’an. It was given to me by the marabout (Islamic spirit leader) in our village to give me good luck. My music is blessed by Allah! I pray to him to bring magic out of my drum.”
Sankaran is the spoken language of 62,000 Malinke people, who live mainly in remote villages in northern Guinea. Most of them are poor and struggle to live by farming. There are problems with health, education, and a lack of clean water.
Reports indicate that 99.9 percent of Sankarans follow an Islamic faith that often is mixed with traditional spirit worship. Catholics make up most of the very small number of people who are Christians. When members of a nearby church recently visited a Sankaran village, the people enjoyed hearing the gospel stories. Some remembered that a missionary had come long ago and told them stories of Jesus.
Pray that God will send His servants to reach the Sankaran for His Son.
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