• Month of Prayer

    May 2017
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31 Days of Prayer for the least reached in Africa

Africa was once referred to as the “dark” continent. Through prayer God is in the process of turning this around. It is becoming a continent of LIGHT! More people are coming to Christ in Africa than any other continent with the result that more workers are being sent out than ever before! However, Africa and her people still have many challenges they needs to face - animism, violence, and corruption just to name a few. According to the Joshua project there still remain 990 people groups in Africa that have not heard the gospel.

We invite you to join us, and many Christians throughout Zimbabwe and indeed the rest of the world, as we join God in what He is doing in the nations! Every day in the month of May, we will be praying, focusing on a different people groups from Africa as we cry out to the Lord to save nations of Africa. But prayer is not our end goal, we know that when we enter into conversation with God and cry out for a nation, God can also use to go and bring the good news. Will you answer the call if God chooses you.

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The Dasanaach people in Ethiopia

Imagine a tribe made up of the outcasts and exiles of society. Banding together for survival, you must learn to live with people from other tribes and tongues as you protect yourselves from your neighbouring tribes - the very people who have kicked you out.

The Daasanach people in Ethiopia are bound together not by their common ancestors, but by a common place of residence. The exiles from many groups around their area have banded together to support one another, forming the Daasanach tribe of around 70 thousand people. As a result of this they have a very unique culture that is always open to new immigrants willing to abide by their values.

The Daasanach are known for their hostility and are feared by neighbouring tribes. They tend to be very reluctant to outside technology and resistant to the Gospel.

The Daasanach can be found in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya. Their people were separated as nations began to make clearer borders and tighten immigration laws. While some Daasanach in Kenya has been evangelised, those in Ethiopia are all but forgotten.

The Daasanach practice African Traditional Religions. Because of their tendency to resist outside influence, Christians must be diligent to show Christ’s love and patiently visit the Daasanach often to earn trust.

Economic and social development present key opportunities to reach out to the Daasanach tribe. Demonstrating genuine concern for their welfare will make the Daasanach more open to outsiders. Evangelism and discipleship are essential to reaching these people. Bible translation efforts are underway, thus literacy work is also important. Of the 70 thousand Daasanach, only 15 claim to be followers of Jesus.

PRAYER POINTS:

  • Pray for the completion of the Daasanach Bible translation.
  • Pray that Christian materials for oral learners will be produced in the Daasanach language.
  • Pray for the discipleship of the 15 Daasanach believers.