Daily Topic for February 08, 2017

Isaiah 1:16-17, NET
Wash! Cleanse yourselves! Remove your sinful deeds from my sight. Stop sinning! Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow!

Pray that the Anufo people will be transformed into disciples who will live for the glory of the Lord.

Anufo People of Ghana

by Victor Rosema

The Anufo people originally began as a group of mercenaries who left Cote d’Ivoire to help the chiefs of two powerful tribes in Ghana during the mid 1700s; eventually they assimilated into the communities that they once raided! There are now about 140 Anufo villages, mostly in Ghana, with about 200,000 people.
The Anufo are over 98 percent Islamic. Nevertheless, there are several Anufo churches. They retain many African traditional beliefs, which are blended in with their Islamic beliefs. An example of their traditional beliefs, as explained by an older Anufo person, is: “Before a child is born, an ancestral spirit tells Allah all that will happen during its lifetime. The child is born with a special destiny. ... if he has a good destiny, he will become an ancestor; if he has a bad destiny, he can change it to a good one through spiritual help. ... but without help he becomes a spirit of the wild, which is a spiteful thing, so the child’s name must be forgotten by all.”

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Pray that the few Anufo believers will grow in dedication to Christ, leading lives that are a good testimony to their folk Islamic neighbors. The New Testament, the JESUS Film, and audio recordings are available in the Anufo language; pray that they will be shared widely with others. Pray for Christ’s ambassadors to help the Anufo people alleviate malaria, an illness that plagues them.

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