Daily Topic for May 04, 2017

Jonah 4:2, NKJV
So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.”

Pray that unlike Jonah, you will have love for neighbors who are not always loveable or approachable.

Fuuta Tooro Fulani People in Brooklyn, NYC

by KB, guest writer from Global Gates

As I walked up the steps in the mosque following the West African man leading his children, I became increasingly aware that West African Muslims maintain a safe cultural distance from Americans. There are over 300 West African children in the mosque every Saturday and Sunday to learn Arabic and the teachings of the Qur’an. The majority of the parents do not mix with Americans because they do not want their children to act like the children they see on the playgrounds. Looking deeper, some tribes are even taught to be suspicious of outsiders because outsiders might change their culture. This teaching is known as the Pulaaku among the Fulani.
Historically the Fulani are recognized as the first Africans to receive Islam. They were responsible for spreading the religion to all of West Africa. The Fuuta Tooro are one group of the Fulani, and they are revered among West African Muslims as the people that follow Islam the closest.
As the aristocratic class of Fulani, they generally come to America prepared to get jobs so they can send money back home and get an education for their children. They hope to eventually return to Africa to build up their economy. With over 3,000,000 Fuuta Tooro people worldwide, over 2,000 live in Brooklyn. They are almost 100 percent Muslim.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray God removes the walls of suspicion so they may be open to hearing the gospel for the first time.

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