Praying Through the Window III -- October, 1997

The Unreached Peoples

Day 27

Peoples of the Sahel Homeland: Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Sudan
Religion: Islam, Animism

Hundreds of small tribes live in the African Sahel, on the southern fringe of the great Sahara desert. Their massive numbers represent a great challenge for the church, and a call for cross-cultural pioneers. The Teda are one of these Sahel peoples.Many Teda people live in the same small villages year round, but some, migrate for the survival of their herds. Like many nomadic and semi-nomadic people groups, the Teda have little meaningful contact or identification with people outside their own clan or tribe. Though the number of languages is great, the number of tribes is still greater. The Daza, the Zaghawa, the Bideyat-these people groups live similar but separate lives and will have to come to know God through separate efforts. Churches for every people group in the Sahel? The task seems too complex, the peoples too diverse and too remote, but what a day of glory it will be when God is worshipped in the Sahel by members of every tribe and in hundreds of languages!

Pray for a multitude of church planters, Bible translators and development workers willing to minister in Jesus' name to the many small tribes of this difficult region.

Fur Homeland: Sudan
Religion: Animism, some Islam

The laughter and chatter of women and children fills the air on market day. Women exchange news as they compare prices on tomatoes and millet. Nearby, their sons and husbands gather to raise a new house for a family in their village. Each one brings wood for beams or grass for the thatched roof. Above the village stretch terraced fields, their crops nourished by rich volcanic soil. Husbands and wives raise their crops separately, maintaining some economic independence. More than 700,000 Fur people live in western Sudan, yet they have no Bible, radio broadcasts, gospel recordings, relief work, or missionaries.

Lamb of God, call forth laborers for a harvest among the Fur who will certainly not be left out of the marriage feast.

Chadic Homeland: Nigeria, Chad, Sudan
Religion: Animism, Islam

Missionaries first entered the Goemei area in 1907 and were predominantly Roman Catholics. Today there are churches from all major Protestant denominations plus the Jehovah's Witnesses. The Hausa language is used in all church services in the towns and rural villages, but there are also a few English services. There is no translation of Scripture in the Goemei language. Until the 1960's, services were held in Goemei, but this was discontinued when the government took over the mission schools and pushed toward Hausa and English as languages to unify the country. Because of intermarriage and ethnic mixing in towns, there are Goemei attending a variety of churches. These few Goemei Christians consider the Catholic church their mother church. There are a few Muslims among the Goemei, but traditional religion is more common. Even Christians often revert to traditional rites when faced with life problems. This is recognized as a serious problem by the Catholic church.

Spirit, would you send a profound awakening among the Goemei believers that they would know you truly and deeply. Also, inspire the two Goemei laymen who are receiving training to work on a Goemei Bible.

Masalit Homeland: Sudan, Chad
Religion: Islam, Animism

The 250,000 Masalit of Sudan and Chad are nominally Muslim, but they intersperse their Friday prayers in the village mosque with prayers to the spirits of the land and sky. The Masalit are often very poor, living in mud huts and surviving by subsistence farming. Few can read or write in French or Arabic, the national languages of their countries, and their own language, Masalit, is unwritten.

Lord of life, help the Masalit prosper as a people. Bless Bible translators attempting to bring your good news to the Masalit.

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