Daily Topic for December 25, 2016

Luke 2:14, KJV
The Baby was named “Prince of Peace” both over David’s Kingdom (Israel) and “Galilee of the Nations” (the Gentile nations beyond Jordan.) His birth was announced by angels: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Intercessor, as you pray for harvesters to be led to men of peace among the remaining unreached 6,600 peoples, do it with all the authority the Prince of Peace has given you in Matthew 28:18.

Awjila Berbers in Libya

by Will Mason

Picture an oasis in the desert. It is a verdant patch of soil with swaying palms nourished by wells of precious water. It has not succumbed to the rocky, barren land that surrounds it. Yet every day, a little more water dries up and is lost as the desert encroaches on the oasis. Soon it will be utterly gone.
The unique language of the Awjila Berbers is also being lost. These people, one of the Berber tribes, are named after their language. They inhabit the town of Awjila, an oasis in northeastern Libya. The oasis is still there, but Awjila is dying out as Arabic increasingly becomes the dominant language in Libya. The youngest of the 2,000-3,000 Awjila Berbers speakers that remain are middle aged. When they are gone, no one who knows Awjila will be left.
The ancestral Awjila people originally followed the ancient Berber religion which incorporated animism and ancestor worship. The Arabs brought Islam to the area when they conquered North Africa in the seventh century and the Awjila Berbers have remained exclusively Muslim, as reported by the Joshua Project. No follower of Christ has ever worshipped in this tongue. The glory of God deserves to be expressed in all languages, including Awjila!

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Christ would be known and spoken of in Awjila before this language is gone. Pray that the Awjila people would not thirst in the desert of sin, but find His oasis and drink the water of life.

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