Daily Topic for January 16, 2018

John 10:10, NIV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Pray that the Yemeni Arabs would understand the stark difference between Satan’s bait and the true abundance that Jesus offers.

Yemeni Arabs of Madagascar

by EC

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is one of its poorest nation. Seeking temporary respite from their lives, many in Madagascar visit “coiffeurs,” or local barbershops, to chat, relax, and chew khat, a plant that produces a short high. The effects of khat are compared to drinking several cups of strong coffee, effective for staying awake or stimulating conversation.
Khat chewing is intrinsic to social life for Yemeni Arabs in Yemen as well as in Madagascar. One Yemeni khat merchant describes it as “alcohol for Muslims.” Though it is legal in Madagascar and permitted by Islam, khat is an expensive habit with long-term spiritual and economic consequences. Khat chewing might be considered morally neutral in Yemeni Arab culture, but like all other addictions, its illusory comforts present a distortion of rest and a lie to its users. Jesus, as our Good Shepherd, intends to lead his people into abundant, richly satisfying lives, and recreational drugs stand in the way of that abundance.

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Pray for the Yemeni Arabs of Madagascar to receive liberation from addictions to khat and the comforts offered by this world. Pray that Jesus would reveal himself as a source of true rest and be abundant life to the Yemeni Arabs of Madagascar. Pray for amazing encounters with Jesus that would make the glories of this world fade away.

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