Daily Topic for January 13, 2010

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

The Lord’s purpose will prevail, but will it be His first, second, third, or fourth choice? It’s very easy to allow our plans and ambitions to get in the way of what the Lord really wants for us. Do you have any “non-negotiables” that can get in the way of the Lord’s first choice?

Pray that we will allow the Lord to be Lord over all aspects of our lives, so that His purpose will prevail. Not our wills, but His be done!

Barabaig Datooga People

by MB

A nervous excitement ran through Nilo, a Barabaig youth. Today was the day he would become a man, by joining the hunt with warriors he had looked up to since childhood. To prove his manhood, he was to kill an “enemy of the people,” which could be another person not from his people, or in his case, an animal dangerous to his tribe: the lion. Crouched behind the bush with his face low to the ground, he blended in with the earth perfectly by wearing the traditional reddish brown dress and beaded jewelry. With a sudden movement and a loud cry, the spear left his hand and his weapon found its mark. Today his strength and courage was proven to his peers and elders. Today Nilo became a man.

The Barabaigs, the largest sub-group of the Datooga, are nomadic cattle herders in addition to fierce warriors. In fact, they have so perfected the technique of migratory herding in search of pastures that, until recently, they supplied much of Tanzania’s beef. They are also a people still living in darkness, seeking to appease the spirits of their ancestors by divination, witchcraft and sorcery. They do believe in one creator God, Aseeta, but think him cold, distant and impersonal. Yet might their belief in one God be a way the True and Living God has already placed the idea of eternity in their hearts?

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Pray for missionaries to live among these people and tell them of their God who has already drawn near to them through His son, Jesus Christ.

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