Daily Topic for December 23, 2016

Mark 15:21, NET
The soldiers forced a passerby to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus).

Pray that the story of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection will inspire Cyrenaican Arabs to consider His radical claims.

Cyrenaican Arabs in Libya

by KH

Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry His cross to His death in our place. One must wonder what went through Simon’s mind. Was his life eternally changed when he was “laid hold of” to help his unknown Savior?
Cyrenaican Arabs now live in the east coastal region of Libya. These Arabs have a Greek and Roman background. They are only found in this region.
We know very little about the lifestyle of the Cyrenaican Arabs. There are many forests on the northern slopes, and soil in these areas produces much barley. The hillsides and valleys are grassy. There are no good roads in the province, and very little internal communication and trade, so the Cyrenaican Arabs are sometimes isolated from information.
The temperature is mild with adequate rainfall, but there is a drought about once every five years. This is potentially hazardous to the well-being of the Cyrenaican Arabs, as many of them farm the land and feed their livestock from production of the land.
Islamic Arabs conquered this part of North Africa in 643-644 A.D. In 2014 there were only 75 known believers in Jesus among their population of over 1.6 million; most Cyrenaican Arabs are Sunni Muslims. The Bible translated into their language is the only Christian literature available to them.

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Pray that the regular droughts will help them to see their desperate need for the Living Water. Pray that they will find their security in Christ alone.

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