Daily Topic for February 09, 2017

Isaiah 65:20-22, NIV
Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat.

Pray that the Dyula people will yearn for the day when the Lord will bring long life and righteousness into their communities. Pray that they will be willing to follow Him in ways that will bring about the abundant life He offers.

Dyula (Jula) People of Ghana

by KC

In the Spanish-speaking world, girls have a coming of age birthday, their quinciañera, at age 15. In Jewish cultures, a girl comes of age when she has her bat mitzvah at age 12 or 13. These traditions are holdovers from centuries past.
Among the Dyula people of Ghana, girls usually get married around age 16, and the reason is not just because of traditions. The average life expectancy among this people group is 45, so they don’t have the luxury of starting adult life late.
The Dyula have been traders along the West African coast for centuries. They are well respected for their trading abilities. Muslim missionaries moved along these same routes in the days when Islam and trade went hand in hand, and today the Dyulas are devoted to the Muslim religion. Dyula people sometimes look down on less devout Africans as “pagans.”
In addition to their religion, the Dyulas have high ideals about practicing obedience, honesty, and dedication to their community. However, these ideals fall short of what the God who created them wants for them.

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Pray for the Lord to give Dyula people in Ghana the gift of faith, especially as they come in contact with resources like Christian radio, the JESUS Film, and gospel recordings in their language. Pray that they will see how a relationship with Jesus will help them achieve the ideals of their culture as well as an abundant life. Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Dyula people that will spread throughout West Africa.

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