• 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 Saharwi people in Western Sahara

The men rose from the mats on the floor. They had just finished their supper of skewered fish. As they took their animated discussion about the weather, trade, and politics to the adjacent room, the women cleared the short, round table. The children scuttled in and sat cross-legged on the mats their fathers recently vacated. After serving their children, the women sat down last, as was the custom of the Sahrawi people.

The Sahrawi people, a nomadic people group, have lived in Western Sahara since time immemorial. Most Sahrawi’s are either herdsmen or traders. Western Sahara came under the Spanish rule in 1884. It became a Spanish province in 1934. Their nomadic lifestyle was curtailed with the Spanish occupation. This period was beset with revolts against the occupying power. When the Spanish relinquished power in 1975, the Moroccan government annexed Western Sahara as its territory. Since then, the Sahrawi people continue to be the last occupied people in the world.

RELIGION

While some pre-Islamic beliefs still exist among the Saharawi, they like to think of themselves as pure Muslims. Like most North African groups, there are some beliefs that certain dead Muslim teachers have a power that can be accessed for healing through pilgrimage to their grave sites. Some researchers have mentioned that the Saharawi also worship a god known as Sidi Erbbi, who is paternal and full of life.

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

The Saharawi live in an area of war and political turmoil. As a result, families have been divided, and many have been displaced in refugee camps. Their desire for political recognition and independence is strong. Fervent intercession must be made if the Saharawi are to find lasting peace in a saving relationship with Christ.

PRAYER POINTS:

  • Pray for more Sahrawi people to read about the love of God in the Christian literature available in their language.
  • Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of the Sahrawi people towards the Gospel message.