Daily Topic for January 11, 2017

Acts 26:17-18, NET
I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.

Matumbi People of Tanzania

by GO

Caves make great hideouts because they are dark. The Germans found this out the hard way when the Matumbi caves in the Matumbi Hills became a strategic hideaway for rebel troops against their colonial efforts during the Maji Mai Revolution of 1905-06.
There is a people group named after these caves, the 224,000 Matumbis. They are independent in spirit, proud, and honest. Many are forest dwellers, understanding the uses for 200 medicinal native plants. Others live in a ward of five or six villages in huts of pole and stick frames with roofs of thatched palm leaf. Those who can afford cement use it to fortify their homes. Most do subsistence farming or agriculture, though some are fisherman. Others own small shops along the main highways.
The darkness of their caves affected the spiritual lives of the Matumbi people long before Europeans attempted to colonize their land. The most impressive cave in their area is Nangoma, revered as housing an important deity associated with dance and worship. The Matumbi people have a history of ancestor worship and Islam. The worship of spirits permeates their culture and religion. Ninety-five percent are Islamic and less than one percent are evangelical. There are no Bible portions, no JESUS Film, no gospel recordings, and no radio broadcasts in their language.

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Pray for oral evangelistic tools. Pray for messengers who will be sensitive and faithful to bring the light of the gospel to the Matumbi people and free them from spiritual darkness.

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