Daily Topic for January 20, 2018

I Kings 8:37-40, NLT
If there is a famine in the land or a plague or crop disease or attacks of locusts or caterpillars, or if your people’s enemies are in the land besieging their towns--whatever disaster or disease there is--and if your people Israel pray about their troubles, raising their hands toward this temple, then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive. Give your people what their actions deserve, for you alone know each human heart. Then they will fear you as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.

Pray that whatever the Lord is using to drive or draw the Makhuwa Nahara people of Mozambique to himself, they will respond with repentance, believing he will act to save them.

Makhuwa Nahara People of Mozambique

by BK

The Makhuwa are a major population group in Mozambique, comprising up to 40 percent of the population. The Nahara are a Makhuwa subgroup who live along the northern coast of the nation. They are fishermen by trade. Because they live by the coast, many of these villages are only accessible by boat, making it hard to reach them. Being a very conservative people who dislike change as well as a dishonest people who distrust others, they tend not to connect well with outsiders. In addition, they place no value on modern education, and this has consequences. They have an exceptionally low educational level and little input from the outside world.
Religiously, the Nahara are rooted in Islam, although many are lacking in understanding of their religion. What results is a blend of Islam and animism, similar to what can be found in other regions of Africa. Due to the high concentration of ancestor worship in the Makhuwa Nahara culture, there is much reliance on witchdoctors, whom they consult in a vain attempt to protect against their high infant mortality rate.

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Pray that the Makhuwa Nahara people would be open to hearing about Christ and his ways. Ask the Lord to call more workers to the harvest, especially from nearby groups of believers. Pray that the Makhuwa Nahara people would be open to education, and that they would put their trust in Christ rather than in the power of witchdoctors.

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