Daily Topic for January 09, 2010

Proverbs 18:10
The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

There are many Jewish people who have given up on God because of what they suffered during the Holocaust. Such people don’t believe that He is a reliable strong tower. But even these Jews would have to admit that God gave them a new home in Israel. The Jewish peoples in Tanzania and other parts of Africa know deep inside that the Lord is a strong tower, and they can run to Him for safety. Will they, like King Solomon, run to Him, or will they settle for the false safety of traditions?

Pray that the Jewish communities of Africa will find that the only strong tower is Jesus Christ.

Jewish People in Tanzania and South Africa

by JS

There are Jews in Africa, and they have demonstrated their historical resiliency; both adapting to the local culture, yet fiercely retaining their Jewish faith and customs. The immigration of Jews into South Africa began in the early 1800s when South Africa was given freedom of religious expression. The Jews have played a large part in the development of South African trade and industry. The South African Jews are affluent, well educated and have a strong pro-Israeli bent. Yet they have resisted accepting Jesus as their messiah, just like their counterparts in Tanzania.

There are only a few dozen Jews in Tanzania. The African Jewish Congress (AJC) helped the small community in Dar es Salaam come together for Rosh Hashana, a Jewish holiday, but they have never formed a minyan. In 2001 the AJC co-sponsored two Lubavitch rabbinical students to travel to Dar es Salaam where they organized the first Friday night service in at least 30 years in the city.

To be effective in witnessing to Jews, it is important that the gospel not be viewed as anti-Semitic, but rather as a fulfillment of the work of God promised Abraham centuries ago.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for sensitive, loving Christians to work among the Jewish communities in Tanzania and South Africa. Pray that God will grant Jewish believers favor as they share their faith in the Messiah with their own people. Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to Jewish leaders in Africa.

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