Daily Topic for April 18, 2017

Acts 1:3, NET
To the same apostles also, after His suffering, He presented Himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a 40-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God.

Pray that the day will soon come when every Berber tribe will understand and respond to the resurrected Lord.

Shawiya Berbers in Belgium

by KH

John 8:32, 36, NIV: You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…. If, therefore, the Son shall make you free, you shall be free, indeed.
Shawiya Berbers describe themselves as “free and noble men” or “Amazigh” in their language. They are native to the Aures Mountains of Eastern Algeria. The Joshua Project describes these people as “sturdy, thrifty, hospitable and lovers of the soil. They are also proud, shrewd, persistent and loyal.” About 29,000 of them have migrated to Belgium.
Just as some Belgian people are nominal in their Christianity, many Shawiya Berbers are nominal in their Islamic beliefs. They have little knowledge of the Qur’an. Though they are considered 99.9 percent Muslim, they also practice their pre-Islamic cultural and ritual traditions. Some have ignored these and become more secular like the Europeans.
Since immigrating to Belgium, there are many possibilities for them to hear the gospel. People are free to talk to them about Christ, and they have access to all Christian resources: written, recorded, or broadcast. All Bible resources are available to them in their language. These are people whom our Savior loves. He desires to make them free, indeed from sin!

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that they will find freedom in Christ as believers go to them with the gospel. Pray that the Shawiya Berbers in Belgium will be increasingly open to receive the gospel. Pray that churches will be planted, and new believers will be discipled in Belgium.

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