Daily Topic for July 28, 2012
The gospels clearly tell us that Jesus came into the world with one central purpose: to lay down His life to pay for the sins of the world. He did not come for the religious or the (self) righteous, but for those who were and are aware of their own spiritual need for a savior. Are there members of the Taznatit Berbers who are aware of their need for Jesus? I can’t tell you for sure, but I can tell you that Revelation 7:9 will some day be true. There will be people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (including every Berber group) worshipping before the throne!
Pray for the Taznatit Berbers to know that they need to call upon Jesus to save them from sin.
A Google search of the Taznatit people will produce words such at “isolated,” “Algerian,” and “Muslim.” While these adjectives are true, they do not adequately describe this Berber people group.
Like other Berbers, the Taznatit consider themselves “Imazighen.” This can be literally translated as “men of noble origin.” The Taznatit are a proud people who are often only nominally Muslim. They value holiness, however, and believe those who are very holy are descended from Mohammed. They also have great respect for marabouts -holy men who teach and are usually scholars in the Qur’an.
Because they reside in the desert regions of Algeria, the Taznatit are difficult to reach with the gospel. Algeria is not open to missionary work, and these Berber people live near remote oases. Their society is made up of the local community, the district, and the tribe. Outsiders are not well received. However, they are very poor and might welcome community development from Christian agencies.
There are few, if any Christian resources available to this people group, and currently, there is no Bible in the Taznatit language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Taznatits to have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to open doors for harvest laborers to reach this remote people group. Pray for Bible translation work to be started and for Christian development organizations to find ways to help develop the economy of the Taznatit people.-CL
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