Daily Topic for January 22, 2011

Jonah 4:11
But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left…. Should I not be concerned about that great city?

Jonah was a reluctant missionary, loathe to go to Nineveh and even less willing to reveal God’s compassion for a city deep in ignorance and spiritual darkness. His previous success as a prophet, national prejudice, and preoccupation with personal comfort combined to choke out any love for a people unlike his own. Jonah had more concern for a vine than he did for lost people. But is there not a little bit of Jonah in each one of us? Don’t the successes of home ministry, our natural prejudices, comforts, and conveniences beckon for our attention?

Pray that the Father will cause us to think and act in ways that reveal His compassion for the world’s great cities, home to millions of individuals in thousands of unreached people groups.

Urban Work

by EJD

Mgberende was beside himself with excitement when he had been admitted to the University of Bahr-al-Ghazal at Wau, Sudan. He had come from his village with the expectation of learning English, and since his arrival in the city he had indeed learnt quite a bit.

Lately Mgberende had befriended a quiet young man at the university, who had invited him to a get-together. Mgberende thoroughly enjoyed himself at the meeting. The joy among the people was so infectious that he found himself going to these meetings regularly. The teaching of Jesus Christ that was shared at every meeting wasn’t like anything he had ever heard. He wanted to have the hope, the peace and the joy that Christ promises to anyone who will only believe. Anytime he is with the godly chaplain in whose house the meetings are held, he wants to make a commitment to follow Jesus. After he leaves the meetings, however, ominous and threatening voices begin to thunder in his head. You will be beaten or even killed if you make that decision. You might never be able to see your family again.

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Pray that the people who come to the cities and those who live in the cities may come to know Christ through the life and witness of faithful believers who live and worship in small communities. Pray also that those who make the decision to follow Christ will be appropriately taught how to follow Jesus in their culture.

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