Daily Topic for January 29, 2017

Acts 15:10-11, NET
So now why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.

Pray that new believers in Africa will be relieved to abandon empty rules and regulations, and gladly allow the Lord to clothe them with grace and mercy. Pray that they will glorify His name by sharing this grace, mercy, and forgiveness with others.

Antankarana People of Madagascar

by Melissa Hughes

In the midst of a desperate civil war, the Antankarana people found refuge in caves. This was in the early 19th century. The name Antankarana literally means “people at the land of limestone rocks,” which is where they were able to live and hide for over a year before the powerful king of the rival Merina people found them. The king of the Antankarana vowed that if his people survived, they would become Muslim. After fleeing the safety of their hideaway and sailing to a tiny island west of the northernmost tip of Madagascar, the king kept his promise. A continued animosity toward local Protestants further complicates Antankarana receptivity toward the gospel.
These days on Nosy Mitsio, the island that provided respite to the Antankarana people so long ago, most make a living by fishing, harvesting rice, or raising cattle. Ties to ancestors are strong and kept alive by various rituals and sacrifices. Most of the Antankarana people carry a nominal allegiance to Islam, but cling to animistic traditions.

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Pray for an encounter in which the Holy Spirit clearly demonstrates His power and love for the Antankarana people and unshackles them from the bondage of the spirits of Nosy Mitsio. Pray that the gospel, presented to them in their own language, would find strong footholds among the Antankarana.

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