Daily Topic for January 22, 2018

Exodus 14:13, NIV
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.”

Pray that the Zaramo people will seek the deliverance of the Lord for all who call upon his name.

Zaramo People of Tanzania

by JS

(This story illustrates attitudes of this people group.)
Kuo walked carefully down the path to the cave of Kolelo. He didn’t want to fall and drop the black goat he was carrying for the sacrifice. The medicine man was waiting for him at the cave’s entrance. Suddenly, he felt a gust of wind and heard the rustling of leaves. He began to shake. Surely this was a bad omen!
The Zaramo people dwell in a horseshoe shaped area around the coastal city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. They are poorly educated, and their lives are filled with fear. They sense witchcraft and evil in everyday events, which is a major handicap for believers who witness to them. They view Christianity as the religion of “outsiders.” Primarily, they practice a type of folk Islam, mixing in appeasement of evil spirits, which they see in everything. Kolelo is the main spirit.
The Zaramo have a huge celebration when a baby girl is born because they are a matrilineal society with the inheritance of land passing down through the females. It is not uncommon for a Zaramo man to have several wives. He gets to enjoy more land!

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Pray for believers living among the Zaramo to be fearless witnesses as they share with them the many “fear nots” of faith. Pray for Christ-centered churches to spring up that lead to discipleship.

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