Daily Topic for January 15, 2010

Proverbs 25: 21
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

This proverb, quoted by Jesus, shows us one of the things that makes God’s Kingdom unique. In Christ’s way of doing things, the believer is required to show mercy, compassion and generosity, even to his enemies. What a revolutionary idea! Such generosity can draw non-believers to Christ like words can never do.

Pray for faithful believers from among those that the Machingas consider to be “enemies” to shower them with kindness that will lead them them to repentance.

Machinga People

by MH

“I was in an old Land Rover, stalled out in the night on a hill in southern Tanzania. We had spent the day with the Machingas, an ethnic and linguistic people group on the Tanzanian coast on the southern Indian Ocean. These are a people who are less than one percent Christian, but we received some smiles and handshakes that said, “Thank you for the message of freedom you bring.” But even now 99 percent of the Machingas do not understand there is a freedom in Christ that only He can give: freedom from sin.” Thus commented a worker who went to the Machinga people.

The Machinga people are almost 100 percent Muslim, with little Christian witness. The economic liberalization of Tanzania in recent years has brought a rapid influx of imports to their area. These include second-hand clothes and items that have already opened new economic opportunities for the urban poor. The Machingas are street traders and hawkers who sell these imported goods.

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There is a Christian witness among the Machingas, but pray that God’s Word will be made available in both oral and written form in the Machinga language. Pray that God will embolden those who know Christ to lovingly share the gospel and encourage the timid and fearful. Pray that God will raise up long term medical workers and others who will build bridges of understanding, expressing God’s love in tangible ways. Such ministries of compassion become those bridges by which God’s love is shared and the people reached for Jesus.

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