Daily Topic for February 08, 2010

Isa. 49:15
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?

A mother is naturally compassionate. Her children are everything to her. How can she bear to basically give her children away to others to become a servant?

Pray for Watchi mothers and fathers to understand God’s compassion for them as they experience compassion for their own children. Pray for the Watchi people to have God’s wisdom in regards to their daily lives so they can prosper economically.

Watchi People of Benin

by GC

Itohan’s parents could not afford to feed both her and her siblings, so they sent her to live with a wealthy family in another village. There she will work as a maid in exchange for room and board. This is a common practice among the Watchi people of Benin. Although her name means “mercy,” Itohan probably will not receive such. She will work as long and hard as her master demands, and she may never see her family again. But at least she was not sold into the thriving child-slave industry. If she is fortunate, her master’s wife will teach her a marketable skill such as weaving or making brooms and baskets to sell.

Her siblings will work with the rest of the family. Just before dawn they will rise in order to be in the fields as the sun arrives. Fieldwork will fill the morning until their main meal at midday. This will be a big meal since they had no breakfast. They will rest in the heat of the afternoon. Then as the heat begins to wane they will return to the field until evening.

Most people in Benin still follow traditional religions, although there are some Muslims and some Christians. The Watchi people are considered to be unreached by the Joshua Project.

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Pray that the Lord of mercy will reveal Himself to the Watchi people.

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