Daily Topic for January 26, 2017

Acts 27:34-36, NET
Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important for your survival. For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” After he said this, Paul took bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all, broke it, and began to eat. So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves.

Pray for favor for those sharing Christ throughout Africa. Pray that they will win the respect of those they go to with the gospel.

Laarim People in South Sudan

by CMW

How do you prove your valor? If you are Laarim, you steal cattle! Needless to say, this practice leads to inter-tribal wars and needless deaths.
The Laarim people number between 7,000 and 10,000 and live in the Boya Hills of Southern Sudan. The terrain is hilly, with high grasslands and scrub bushes. According to the Africa Inland Mission, the Laarim people breed the livestock, eat them, drink their blood and milk, sleep on their hides, and use them as dowry. Cattle are their only resource and their only source of wealth. Without cattle, they have nothing.
The Laarim practice animism blended with Catholic beliefs. They believe in a supreme being who controls their lives and their cattle. They respect their chiefs and those they believe can bring rain to their grassy homeland.
The Africa Inland Mission is sending a two-year focus team to do ministry among the Laarim people. Additionally, a small number of young Laarim believers from Eastern Equatoria State hope to return to their home towns to share the gospel with their own people.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for unity among the focus team members as they adjust to their new environment. Ask God to give them cultural sensitivity. May the blood-drinking Laarim understand the gift and power of Jesus’ blood. May they internalize God’s commandment not to steal, and thus break a cycle of cattle-raiding and feuding.

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