Daily Topic for January 16, 2017

Acts 9:23-24, NET
Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted together to kill him, but Saul learned of their plot against him. They were also watching the city gates day and night so that they could kill him.

Pray for alertness for God’s servants whose lives are in danger. Pray that they will be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Somali Bantu

by BK

A husband and wife packed up their few belongings into a couple of bags not much larger than potato sacks. They and their son are about to begin their final exodus to a land of freedom and hope. They are Somali Bantu, a people without home, property, or tribal unity, now largely resettled in the United States and Kenya. A former slave people, the Bantu have endured no end of persecution and hardship.
Over 200 years ago Arab traders took people from their homes in Mozambique and Malawi to become slaves in Somalia. This slavery persisted until the 1930s, but the Bantu remained severely oppressed, rejected by society. The Somali civil war of the 1990s was used as an excuse to steal land and property from the Bantu; many were raped, beaten, and killed during this time. Fleeing, to Kenya, many Bantu found refuge in camps, eventually catching the ear of the United States. Officially classifying them as a “persecuted people,” the U.S. opened its doors to resettle many of the Bantu in the early 2000s. Another 414,000 live in Kenya.

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Pray that the Somali Bantu will encounter the generosity and love of Christ through his followers in Kenya and the United States. Pray that their hearts will be opened to the gospel as their physical needs are met. Pray for peace and prosperity for the Somali Bantu, and that this displaced people would find their Heavenly Father.

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