Daily Topic for February 11, 2015

Genesis 45:7, ESV
And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

Famines, wars, natural disasters. Different people have different ideas about God’s role when tragedy strikes. Some say that Satan is behind tragedies. Other believers point out that God will turn it all into good (see Romans 8:28). But all of us know and understand that God is in control. In fact, in the situation we are reading about in Genesis 45:7, God had used the tragedies of Joseph’s life to save lives.

Pray that when the peoples of West Africa deal with disasters, they will turn their hearts to the true and living God who gives comfort to those who seek Him.

Mamara Senoufo People of Mali

by TP

Other than being adjacent to each other in western Africa, what do Mali, Burkina Faso, and Cote d’Ivoire have in common? All of them are home to Senoufo tribes! The Senoufos are made up of a number of groups who moved south to Mali and Cote d’Ivoire in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Mamara are one of the Senoufo tribes. They number over a million people. Although European imperialists in the 19th century divided the Senoufo peoples between Mali, Burkina Faso, and Cote d’Ivoire, these divisions have not yet given rise to Senoufo nationalism in the region.
The Senoufos are an agrarian people raising corn and millet that they store in large village granaries. Other foods are dried rice and peanuts. Being a champion farmer can give fame to oneself and one’s community, even though the fields are worked collectively.
Within the community there is the extended family. It is patriarchal; sons and wives live with the father’s family. Polygamy and arranged marriages are common. Decisions are communal because the community good comes before a family’s good or an individual’s good. This is particularly important in terms of religious change. Only the community as a whole can make that change.
The Mamara Senoufo practice folk Islam or follow traditional animistic religion. The JESUS Film is available in Senoufo, and some follow Jesus.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that whole Mamara Senoufo villages will come to faith in Jesus. Pray for outreach to Mamara villages that have no witness of Christ

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