Daily Topic for February 10, 2017

Isaiah 40:6-8, NIV
A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry? All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Pray that this cattle herding people will understand that though we are as insignificant in ourselves as grass, the God who created us still loves us and can give our life meaning.

Maasina Fulani People of Ghana

by KC

(This story illustrates truths about this people group.)
Whack! Mobato fell to the ground from Harisobo’s final blow. The two of them had been hitting each other with canes over and over again, and Mobato finally succumbed to the blows. He sputtered, “You can have her.” Harisobo smiled and walked away.
What was this about? These two young men are part of the Maasina subgroup of the Fulani people. They are doing what their custom demands, a custom called sharo, which tests a youth’s manhood. Both young men desired to marry the same woman, and the more persistent man, in this case Harisobo, won.
Such trials by ordeal are common among these people who live the harsh life of a cattle herder. Life is very difficult, and to survive, one must be able to endure hardships and pain. The one who is able to endure pain the best would have what it takes to be a good husband, according to what the Maasina Fulani people believe.
This is a subgroup of the Fulani people, who live not only in Ghana, but most other countries in West Africa. Though they are Muslim, they also have their own code of honor that includes not demonstrating strong emotions.

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Pray for a church planting movement among the Maasina Fulani people in Ghana that will spread throughout West Africa.

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