Kamis, 09 Februari 2017

Fulbe Jeeri, Fula Toro in Senegal

Fulbe Jeeri, Fula Toro in Senegal
There are many names used in many languages to refer to the Fulbe, or Fulani. Fula are primarily known to be pastoralists, but are also traders in some areas. One Fula tradition is that of women using Henna around the mouth, resulting in a blackening around the lips. The traditional dress of the Fula in most places consists of long colorful flowing robes, modestly embroidered or otherwise decorated.
Ministry Obstacles
The various Fulbe groups have a long-standing, strong commitment to Islam. It's part of their identity.
Outreach Ideas
Christians need to help the Fulba with their material and physical needs, building bridges of trust and friendship.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few followers of Jesus among the Fulba community, pray they will be nurtured by God's Spirit, and will become mature in the faith.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Fulba will be able to provide adequately for their families, as they live in a harsh region.
Scripture Focus
"All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name." Psalm 86:9

 

People Name: Fulbe Jeeri, Fula Toro
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 646,000
World Population: 724,000
Language: Pulaar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: New Testament
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Pakistani police finally register murder case for slain 12-year-old Christian girl

Two weeks too late: Pakistani police finally register murder case for slain 12-year-old Christian girl

Also, latest news on Asia Bibi appeal against her death sentence
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
Tania murdered in PakistanSAMBRIAL, PUNJAB PROVINCE, PAKISTAN (ANS – February 7, 2017) – For what appears to be two weeks too late, Pakistani police have finally registered a murder case for a slain 12-year-old Christian girl.
Sambrial Police had initially closed the case stating that Tania Mariyam had jumped into the Upper Chenab Canal on January 23, 2016, despite evidence of poisoning and rape.
But now, following international pressure from social media activists who helped the UK-based British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) highlight the murder of the Christian schoolgirl, who had apparently been drugged, raped and murdered, has led to a police retreat from their original claim that she had committed suicide.
Tania’s dead body was found in the canal two weeks ago and the family had fought a fairly lonely campaign for action until the BPCA intervened.
“The delay in registering the case means police may have let the killer escape justice, a common theme in a nation in which the rule of law is at its lowest ebb,” said a BPCA spokesperson.
BPCA has been counselling and supporting the family and has also helped with a solicitor. Tania Mariyam’s brother, Johnson Gill, with the support of the solicitor, were finally able to convince the local police to register a murder case under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Now, if caught, the murderer could face death by hanging, a punishment considered equal and fair under the Islamic law of Qisas.
According to the newly registered First Incident Report (FIR), Johnson had dropped his 12-year-old sister at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, in Sialkot.
Later, he received a phone call that her dead body had been found in Upper Chenab Canal (UCC) but despite police insistence of it being suicide, Johnson and his other sister Sania, refused to believe their confident sister Tania would have ever done such a thing.
“The grieving family have submitted a petition in Sialkot Magistrates court on February 6, 2016, seeking exhumation of Tania’s grave to prove the poisoning took place and to search for any clue that could lead to the apprehension of the murderer,” the spokesperson also told the ASSIST News Service.
Pakistani girl murdered use“Judicial magistrate, Shagufta Sabir, had summoned Sambrial police to bring a complete record of their primary investigation to the court and expressed grave concerns at the failure to recognize clear evidence and a lack of quality to the police investigation. He ordered the initiation of a murder investigation by Sambrial Police.”
After the hearing, the girl’s father, Nadeem Gill, spoke with the BPCA and said: “There was a disgusting police cover-up and I fear that they have colluded with the murderer and know more than they are letting on. They do not care about Christians.
“They have had two weeks to investigate and remain unable to find out any clue to resolve the murder. My daughter could have been killed by a student or teacher at the school but the school is refusing to provide the footage from the CCTV cameras to me.”
He added: “Please, Please Shabaz Sharif [Punjab Chief Minister] help me find the murderer of my daughter!”
Although the girl attended this Christian-owned school, the majority of the students are Muslim as, according to BPCA, they are more able to pay the high costs for schooling at the establishment. A large percentage of the teachers are also Muslim and both teachers and children in the school have regularly complained about harassment and bullying from respective colleagues.
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: “In a rare case of international media support for a Pakistani Christian persecution case, we have seen over 250,000 hits on our website from people who were shocked at Pakistan’s brutality to minorities.
“This support including 24,000 shares by concerned Christians, has led to the opening of a murder case. I am sure a turnaround like this otherwise, should not be possible.
“I am worried that the severe delays will mean that much of the evidence has been lost, especially with regards to the toxins in the decaying corpse of Tania.
“Even then, we have agreed to pay for the exhumation of Tania's body and an autopsy. A decision on whether Tania's body can be dug up will be made on the February 10th, and we call on people to pray and petition for permission.”
BPCA is accepting donations to raise money to help pay for the exhumation and autopsy of Tania's corpse and ongoing legal costs. If you would like to help please click here: https://britishpakistanichristians.worldsecuresystems.com/donate.
Good News for Asia Bibi?
UK protestors for Asia BibiFinally, there is possibly some good news for Asia Bibi, the Pakistani mother-of-five who was been sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy. It is that, during a private meeting with Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, the First Minister at the Pakistan High Commission in London, has assured Chowdhry that the Supreme Court of Pakistan is “likely to fix a date for the appeal case against blasphemy charges against Asia Bibi before the end of March this year.”
Asia Bibi has been on death row for seven years and is forced to live in isolation for her own safety.
For more information, please go to: http://www.britishpakistanichristians.org/.
Photo captions: 1) Tania Mariyam. 2) Police finally register case for the slain 12-year-old girl. 3) UK protestors who recently turned out in the rain in London to show their support for Asia Bibi. 4) Dan with his BPCA award.
Dan Wooding with his BPCA awardAbout the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts a weekly radio show and two TV shows all based in Southern California. He is the author of some 45 books, and has been given a special award from the BPCA for his long-standing reporting on the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.
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Regeibat in Western Sahara

Regeibat in Western Sahara
The Regeibat comprise several tribes of Bedouin nomads in the interior of the country. They are a subgroup of the Moors, an Arab-Berber people. Slavery has been abolished but may still be practiced in some areas. Slavery has brought attention to the injustices and inequalities tolerated by traditional Moor society.
Ministry Obstacles
The Regeibat live in an area of limited access, both geographically and because of attitudes.
Outreach Ideas
Films such as the Jesus film and the God's Story video can be helpful, especially if supplemented by hearing stories from Scripture.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any believers among the Regeibat, but pray for those that will soon emerge. Pray they will be accurately instructed in the faith, and that they will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live holy lives.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray that each individual in the Regeibat people group may hunger to know forgiveness for their sins found only through faith in Jesus Christ, and that this hunger will soon be satisfied.
Scripture Focus
"This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14

 

People Name: Regeibat
Country: Western Sahara
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 76,000
World Population: 113,000
Language: Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

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Doa dan Tulah

Doa dan Tulah
Keluaran 8:12-14 (AYT), "Lalu Musa dan Harun meninggalkan Firaun. Musa berdoa kepada TUHAN mengenai katak-katak yang dikirimkan-Nya untuk menghukum Firaun. (13) Dan, TUHAN melakukan yang diminta Musa. Katak-katak itu mati di dalam rumah, di halaman, dan di ladang. (14) Mereka mengumpulkan katak-katak dan seluruh negeri menjadi berbau busuk."
Tulah katak
Keluaran 8:30-31 (AYT), "Lalu, Musa meninggalkan Firaun dan berdoa kepada TUHAN. (31) Dan, TUHAN melakukan yang diminta Musa. Ia mengusir lalat-lalat dari Firaun, dari para pejabatnya, dan dari rakyatnya. Tidak ada lalat yang tinggal."
Keluaran 9:22-33 (AYT), "TUHAN berkata kepada Musa, 'Tengadahkan tanganmu ke langit dan hujan es akan mulai turun ke seluruh Mesir. Hujan batu akan jatuh ke atas semua orang, binatang, dan tumbuh-tumbuhan di seluruh ladang Mesir.' (23) Maka, Musa mengangkat tongkatnya ke langit dan TUHAN menurunkan hujan es yang disertai guntur dan kilat ke bumi. (27) Firaun memanggil Musa dan Harun dan berkata kepada mereka, 'Kali ini, aku telah berdosa. Tuhanlah yang benar, dan aku serta rakyatku salah. (28) Hujan es dan guntur dari Allah ini sudah cukup! Berdoalah kepada TUHAN untuk menghentikan hujan ini. Aku akan membiarkan kamu pergi; kalian tidak perlu tinggal di sini lagi.' (29) Musa berkata kepada Firaun, 'Segera setelah aku meninggalkan kota, aku akan mengangkat tanganku dan berdoa kepada TUHAN. Guntur akan berhenti dan tidak akan ada lagi hujan es sehingga kamu akan mengetahui bahwa bumi ini adalah milik TUHAN ....' (33) Musa meninggalkan Firaun dan pergi ke luar kota. Ia mengangkat tangannya dan berdoa kepada TUHAN. Maka, guntur dan hujan es itu berhenti, bahkan hujan itu tidak lagi turun ke bumi."
Dalam tiga ayat ini, kita melihat jawaban atas doa Musa yang spektakuler dan seketika. Dalam dua ayat di antaranya, kita melihat kalimat "dan TUHAN melakukan apa yang diminta Musa ...", ini adalah contoh yang jelas tentang doa sebagai otoritas yang didelegasikan dari Allah.
Allah memberikan sejumlah otoritas spiritual kepada Musa. Dalam hal ini adalah apa yang dikatakan Musa -- Allah akan mendukungnya. Sama halnya dalam suatu perusahaan besar, jika seorang manajer tepercaya memecat seseorang karena berperilaku buruk, "bos besar" akan sepenuhnya mendukung keputusan sang manajer. Tuhan berdiri di belakang keputusan-keputusan Musa dan mendukungnya.
Kita melihat keberanian yang meningkat dalam diri Musa, ketika ia menyadari bahwa ia memiliki dukungan dari Allah. Pada awalnya, ia memohon dan berseru (Keluaran 8:12-14), selanjutnya ia berdoa (Keluaran 8:30-31), akhirnya ia hanya mengambil tongkatnya dan merentangkan tangannya dan hal-hal berhenti (Keluaran 9:33). Musa bukan lagi pemohon belaka, justru ia sebenarnya menjadi penegak kehendak Allah.
Orang Kristen kadang-kadang terlalu suka meminta izin dari Allah. Kadang-kadang, Tuhan hanya ingin kita bertindak tegas dalam kuasa yang telah didelegasikan-Nya. Tuhan telah memberi kita otoritas untuk menyembuhkan, mengusir setan, dan mempraktikkan kuasa dalam nama-Nya. Kita tidak harus "meminta izin" sebelum kita mengusir setan. Kita hanya perlu menegurnya dalam nama Yesus! Kita memiliki kuasa dan Tuhan akan selalu mendukung kita ketika kita menggunakannya. Faktanya, banyak dari doa-doa di Perjanjian Baru diajukan dalam bentuk perintah, misal: "Dalam nama Yesus Kristus dari Nazaret, bangkit dan berjalanlah ..." (Kisah Para Rasul 3:6, AYT), dan bentuk ini menunjukkan bahwa para rasul menggunakan otoritas spiritual yang didelegasikan atas nama Allah.
Hal itu segera menimbulkan pertanyaan tentang seberapa banyak kuasa yang diberikan Allah kepada kita dan kapan kita bisa menggunakannya? Yesus tampaknya ingin sekali menunjukkan bahwa otoritas kita adalah sesuai dengan iman kita:
Matius 17:20 (AYT), "Kata-Nya kepada mereka, 'Karena imanmu yang kecil. Aku mengatakan yang sebenarnya kepadamu, kalau kamu mempunyai iman sebesar biji sesawi saja, maka kamu dapat berkata kepada gunung ini, 'Pindahlah dari tempat ini ke sana!' dan gunung ini akan pindah. Tidak ada yang mustahil bagimu.'"
Matius 21:21-22 (AYT), "Dan, Yesus menjawab mereka, 'Sesungguhnya Aku berkata kepadamu, jika kamu memiliki iman dan tidak bimbang, kamu bukan hanya akan melakukan apa yang dilakukan terhadap pohon ara ini, bahkan jika kamu berkata kepada gunung ini, 'Terangkatlah dan tercampaklah ke dalam laut,' hal itu akan terjadi. (22) Dan, segala sesuatu yang kamu minta dalam doa, percayalah, kamu akan menerimanya.'"
(Perhatikan bahwa kita tidak meminta Tuhan untuk memindahkan gunung, kita menggunakan otoritas yang didelegasikan untuk menyuruh gunung berpindah "berkata kepada gunung ini".)
Musa memiliki hubungan yang dekat dengan Tuhan, yang menyebabkan ia dengan rendah hati memercayai Tuhan dan memiliki iman yang besar. Hal itu memberikannya otoritas spiritual yang besar. Kita cenderung berpikir bahwa kita harus entah sangat saleh dan suci atau sangat terpelajar dan menguasai teologi sebelum kita dapat memiliki iman seperti itu. Namun, baik Kitab Suci dan juga sejarah gereja menunjukkan bahwa kadang kala orang percaya biasa yang tidak terpelajar juga dapat memiliki iman yang besar.
Musa Berdoa
Iman datang dari menanggapi Allah dengan serius dan mengindahkan firman-Nya yang ditanamkan dalam jiwa kita. Iman timbul dari pendengaran dan mendengar dari firman Kristus. Iman bukanlah emosi (meskipun mungkin menghasilkan emosi atau berhubungan dengan emosi). Iman adalah sebuah ketetapan untuk benar-benar yakin dan percaya kepada Tuhan.
Musa melaksanakan amanat Allah untuk membebaskan bangsa Israel dari Mesir dan menggunakan tongkat khusus yang telah Allah berikan kepadanya untuk tujuan ini. Musa tahu bahwa ini adalah semata-mata inisiatif Allah sehingga apa yang perlu dilakukan untuk keberhasilannya adalah persetujuan Allah. Hal ini seperti yang dikatakan oleh Hudson Taylor, "Pekerjaan Allah yang dilakukan dengan cara Allah tidak akan pernah kekurangan dukungan Allah." Panggilan Allah adalah persetujuan dan pemberian kuasa oleh Allah.
Jika Allah telah memanggil Anda untuk pelayanan tertentu, Anda dapat bertindak dalam kuasa yang telah didelegasikan-Nya untuk menyelesaikan pekerjaan yang telah diamanatkan. Jika tugas Anda adalah mengadakan penginjilan untuk satu kota, Tuhan akan menyertai Anda dan menguatkan Anda dalam melakukan semua yang diperlukan untuk membuatnya berhasil.
Tentu saja ada "garis tipis antara iman dan kebodohan" yang dapat disimpulkan sebagai berikut:
  1. Iman adalah percaya apa yang dikatakan Allah.
  2. Ketidakpercayaan adalah menolak untuk percaya apa yang dikatakan Allah.
  3. Kebodohan dan praduga adalah percaya bahwa Allah telah mengatakan sesuatu, ketika Ia tidak mengatakan hal semacam itu.
Sebagai contoh, saya tidak percaya bahwa siapa pun bisa "memiliki iman" untuk memenangkan lotre Powerball -- itu akan menjadi contoh yang jelas dari kebodohan dan praduga..
Bagaimanapun, pelajaran dari ayat-ayat hari ini adalah bahwa Allah menyertai kita dan memberi kita otoritas spiritual yang didelegasikan untuk melaksanakan kehendak-Nya, dan bahwa Dia akan mendukung keputusan kita, menjawab doa-doa kita, dan memindahkan gunung sesuai perintah kita. (t/Jing-Jing)
Diterjemahkan dari:
Nama situs : Global Christians
Alamat URL : https://www.aibi.ph/htm/prayer_ot.htm#prayersandplagues
Judul renungan : Prayers and Plagues
Penulis renungan : Tidak dicantumkan
Tanggal akses : 16 Januari 2017

Building Churches in Southeast Asia, Soul by Soul

Building Churches in Southeast Asia, Soul by Soul


February 9, 2017
People building a church in Vietnam.
Indigenous missionaries construct church building in remote area of Vietnam.
Young parents from Vietnam's Central Highlands were on their way to a children's hospital in Ho Chi Minh City to see if doctors could help her 2-year-old daughter to walk. Born with bent feet, Mai could not even stand.
A year earlier, the family had traveled from Dak Lak Province to Ho Chi Minh City, but doctors had been unable to help the baby. Trying again last fall, the couple decided to stop first at the home office of an indigenous ministry in southern Vietnam's principal city. A pastor trained by the native ministry prayed for Mai.
He then asked the senior pastor of the couple's church, along with five other Hmong pastors who were attending his training, to pray with him, he said.
"The next day, while the husband, his wife and their daughter were at a children's hospital waiting for their appointment, for the first time in Mai's life she was able to walk about one meter with the help of her parents," the pastor said. "They were so happy that God had begun to heal their daughter that they cancelled the appointment, took Mai back to the head office and asked us to continue to pray for her."
The next morning, Mai was able to walk from one end of the bed to the other, supporting herself with one hand on a wall. Her parents asked the pastors attending the training session to pray for her one more time before they began the long trip back to Dak Lak Province. Two days later, they informed their pastor that Mai was 70 percent healed.
Conditions in the hospitals are such that frequently there are two patients per bed, as well as two under each bed, the ministry director said.
"Not long after that, Mai was able to stand, walk and run like a normal child," the pastor said. "Hallelujah! This is a great miracle, that God healed a girl with a birth defect in her feet."
News of the healing helped to strengthen and grow the church in the southeastern part of the province, the pastor said. The indigenous ministry that trained him has sent teams to help spread faith in Christ in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The call to heal has led to another spontaneous outreach, as the indigenous ministry leader's wife has begun sharing the gospel with patients in cancer treatment hospitals.
She has found that patients who respond to the gospel are more open to receiving prayer for healing, the director said.
"In Hanoi there are four cancer hospitals, and the ministry had one worker there who in two days saw 50 people receive Christ," the director said. "The people are typically in the hospital for two weeks, and the ministry workers try to follow up with them afterwards."
Typically the patients' families spend most of their time in the hospital to help care for them, so they too hear the gospel, he said. Conditions in the hospitals are such that frequently there are two patients per bed, as well as two under each bed, he said.
"The hallways are filled with people, everything is dirty, and the family has to provide their food," he said. "In Ho Chi Minh City there are two cancer hospitals, but they are now building a very large one."
The director would like to find supporters to pray for and support two evangelists working in cancer treatment hospitals at $75 a month each - $50 each in income, and $25 each for the costs of phoning and follow-up with patients who have been released from the hospital.
Workers provide memory sticks that contain follow-up materials and the Bible in the Vietnamese and Khmer languages for those who have put their faith in Christ. The director said workers need 200 memory sticks per month ($2 each) as well as a lesser number of MP3, eight-gigabyte players ($8 each). Eventually they hope to provide the audio materials to the largely illiterate patients in the Hmong, Koho and Ede languages.
"Typically the tribal mountain people have been open to the gospel, but the Vietnamese people in the lowlands and the cities have been resistant," he said. "In the hospitals, 30 percent of people are tribal and 70 percent are Vietnamese. The ministry is excited, because this is a way of reaching both the ethnic groups and the Vietnamese with the gospel."
Unnamed for security reasons, the ministry has brought the gospel to ethnic groups in more than 1,000 communities of three countries. Some of the ethnic groups, such as the Jarai, are also present in Cambodia, where the ministry has brought word of Christ's saving power to 106 communities. It has also reached 67 communities in Laos.
One area that has been especially resistant to the gospel is Vinh City, on Vietnam's North Central Coast in Nghe An Province. One of the ministry's pastors was killed there last year when a car veered into him. The ministry leader went to console the bereft congregation, said Christian Aid Mission Southeast Asia Director Stephen Van Valkenburg.
Guardian Spirit statue in Vietnam.
Animistic figure formed as "guardian spirit" of ethnic Jarai tomb in Kon Tum Province in Vietnam's Central Highlands, on border with Cambodia and Laos. (Photo Credit: rdavout, Wikipedia)
"He asked for a replacement, and 30 men volunteered, even though it is a very hard place to minister," he said. "Now there are 12 other churches in the area."
Non-Christian relatives of the church members were angry, saying, "If God is a big God, why would He allow this to happen?" One possible answer came when the mother of the driver who struck the pastor, surprised that there was no lawsuit and that the congregation forgave her son, came to the church.
"She saw the love of the people towards her, and so she believed in Christ," Van Valkenburg said. "A month after the accident, the driver, his wife and 6-year-old daughter came to church, but they have not yet believed. Please continue to pray for this church, and pray that this driver and his family would come to know the Lord Jesus."
To help indigenous missionaries to meet needs, you may contribute online using the form below, or call (434) 977-5650. If you prefer to mail your gift, please mail to Christian Aid Mission, P.O. Box 9037, Charlottesville, VA 22906. Please use Gift Code: 740VHM. Thank you!

Sent to Serve

Indigenous missionaries embark on an evangelistic trip in Vietnam.
Indigenous missionaries embark on an evangelistic trip in Vietnam. A ministry based in southern Vietnam sends teams to remote, tribal peoples in the Central Highlands to spread the good news of Christ’s salvation in spite of opposition from Communist officials. Indigenous missionaries travel by boat, foot, bicycle or motorcycle among Jarai, Hmong and other ethnic groups to provide spiritual nurture and training to fledgling congregations and their pastors. As the tribal peoples have also migrated to Cambodia and Laos, the ministry has seen many churches flourish there as well. “We need a fund of $1,000 a month to support 20 team members to evangelize many villages in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, among the Jarai and Hmong ethnic groups,” the ministry director said. “One short mission trip in Cambodia got many blessings from God – over 150 new believers. Many of them are from the Stieng ethnic group, previously living in superstition and worshipping their ancestors.”