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The Global Prayer Digest is a daily devotional encouraging prayer for Unreached Peoples.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission), this devotional is available as a daily subscription from the GPD website (see link above). 

Keith Carey, the editor-in-chief of the Global Prayer Digest, has graciously given me permission to post their daily devotions here in order to encourage more prayer for the Unreached Peoples.  Please join in the prayer for the gospel to go to the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14).  If you find these devotions helpful, you can subscribe to their daily e-mail or to the printed publication - or just check them out here on Pray.Network!  Past monthly issues of the GPD are also available on their site.

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Feb. 17: Kendeje People

If you want to see something sad, go to the Joshua Project website and enter the word “Kendeje” into the search. What you will find is a small people group of about 4,200 that lives in Chad. There is nothing sad about that. What is discouraging, however, is the fact that there is no photo of this people group. Scroll down the profile and you will soon learn that there is no Bible available for the Kendeje, and not even any scripture portions. Nor are there even any audio recordings by Global Recordings Network! It's almost as if the Kendeje have somehow disappeared – or don’t even exist!

But we know that they do exist. Somehow, they have simply been overlooked by mission organizations and Bible translation groups. Thankfully, God hasn’t forgotten about them. He created them for a special purpose, loves them, and has put them on the hearts of at least two arms of Frontier Ventures (Joshua Project and the Global Prayer Digest that you are currently reading).

Pray for this seemingly forgotten people group. Ask the Lord to put them and their language on the hearts of Bible translation organizations. Pray for advances in technology to help make print and digital versions of God’s Word available to the Kendejes as quickly as possible. Pray for them to have the opportunity to hear the gospel, and that they will respond enthusiastically, and many will put their faith in Jesus.

 

Heb 12:28-29, NLT

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.

Pray that this seemingly forgotten people will be remembered by God who desires every tribe, tongue, and people to enter Christ’s unshakable Kingdom.

Feb. 18: Majera People

There are only about 1,200 members of the Majera people group. Most of them live in Chad, with a few residing across the border in Cameroon. The Majera are not only small, but rapidly disappearing. Their language is dying out, and they are quickly being absorbed by other tribes.

This leads to a number of questions. First, since their language is dying, is there any reason to bother translating the Bible for them? Currently, they have no Scripture portions or recordings. Secondly, can they be reached with the gospel in another language and/or through another culture? Thirdly, what plans does God have for them?

While the first two are best left to mission strategists, the answer to the final question can be found in God’s Word: He desires for the Majera to seek him, reach out to him, and find him (Acts 17:27).

Pray for God’s purpose for these people to be revealed to them. Pray for the Lord to give mission organizations and missionaries wisdom and insight into reaching this unique people group at this unique time in history. Pray for them to be open and ready to receive an invitation to salvation in Jesus Christ. Ask God to reveal himself in powerful ways that supersede culture and language, reaching the hearts of the Majeras with His love.

 

2 Tim 2:21, NLT

If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the master to use you for every good work.

Pray that soon there will be many from the Majera people who are purified for the Lord’s holy use.

Feb. 19: Kujarge People

The Kujarge people live in an area where the borders of Chad, Sudan, and the Central African Republic come together. Their main occupations are hunting and food gathering. Their language is labeled by experts as endangered.

Their neighbors accuse them of performing witchcraft. No wonder. Their name in Arabic means “sorcerer.” Their religion is an eclectic mixture. On the one hand, they adhere to a form of Islam with one God—Allah. On the other hand, they worship spirits that they claim can cause them to prosper or do them harm. There are no known followers of Jesus among them, and no missionary or church has been engaged to reach them.

The Kujarges desperately need to hear the good news of the gospel, but no Christian media is available in their language. There is a chance that some may understand one of the many dialects of Arabic spoken in Chad. There are plenty of Christian resources available in Arabic, including audio material for oral communicators. These people probably do not have access to the Internet. Someone will have to visit their villages, introduce them to the material, and persuade them to listen to it.

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Kujarge people. Pray for them to find adequate water for their daily needs, and above all, come to Jesus, who is the water of life. Pray for them to look to Jesus for their spiritual and physical needs.

 

Heb 2:14, NLT

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.

Pray that the day will come soon when the Kujarge people will understand that Jesus Christ is the only possible sacrifice for sin.

Feb. 20: Mandage Kotoko Maslam People

The Mandage Kotoko Maslam people are not really a people and not really Muslim! Their Maslam language is being replaced by Arabic, so soon they might not even be unique in any way. They live in Chad on the border of Cameroon.

The Masalam Kotoko people need our prayers primarily because there is not one known follower of Christ among them. They are officially 100 percent Muslim, but they blend their Islam with animism. They give lip service to the Muslim God, Allah, but they are much more concerned about spirits that have the power to bless or curse. Rightly or wrongly, they are suspected by other peoples of being dangerous witches.

They are mistrusted as thieves and accused of being bad Muslims. Because of these stigmas, they are slowly adjusting to an Arab identity, and their children are learning to speak Arabic.

There are no Christian media resources available in the Maslam language. However, several organizations offer materials in their newly adopted language, Arabic. Print and audio Bible portions are available. In addition, Bible stories and teaching is available on-line from Global Recordings Network (GRN), the JESUS Film, and others.

Pray that, as the Maslam seek a new identity, they will find it in the living Christ. Pray that God’s people will be burdened to go to the Maslam as Christ’s ambassadors. Pray for them to begin an unstoppable church planting movement that will affect all of Chad.

 

Heb 1:2, NLT

And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his son. God promised everything to the son as an inheritance, and through the son he created the universe.

Pray that soon leaders of this people group will embrace this truth and share it with others.

Feb. 21: Surbakol People

(This story illustrates things that can happen with this people group).

A herd of cattle grazed on the grassy field in Chad. A young man stood watch over the herd. He gazed to the east and was relieved not to see a cloud of dust. That meant there were no cattle rustlers headed in his direction. Then he gazed up at the clear blue sky and frowned. The lack of clouds meant there wouldn't be any rain soon. His cattle were running out of grass, and they needed rain for more grass to grow.

The Surbakol people live in eastern Chad near the border with Sudan. A dozen years ago there was heavy fighting in Sudan and cattle rustlers often crossed the border to steal the cows that belonged to the Surbakols. Drought is the other problem faced by this people group. Water wells are few and far between in this part of Chad.

The Surbakol are Muslims. They worship Allah along with nature spirits. There are few, if any, followers of Jesus Christ among them. 

Ask God to raise up faithful workers to reach out to the Surbakol people group in Chad. There is an open door for hydrological engineers and people who know how to design water wells. May such acts of love open the door for sharing the blessings of the savior. Pray for this people group to soon experience and share Jesus with others.

 

Heb 1:3, NLT

The son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

Pray that the Surbakol people will look up and see the glory of the risen son of God!

Feb. 22: Bokorogue People

(This story illustrates things that can happen with this people group).

Many young Bokorogue boys sat in the classroom in Chad chanting verses from the Qur’an in classical Arabic. The boys did not understand the meaning of their words, but they knew these words were important. A male teacher stood in front of the classroom, pleased with what he was hearing. His students were learning their lessons well, and he knew they would be blessed by Allah for their efforts.

The Bokorogue people live in the hot grasslands of Chad. This is a region where one year without adequate rain could result in drought and famine. This people group speaks a language that has never been written down. There is not one verse of the Bible available to this people group in their tongue. Almost all Bokorogue are Muslims. They believe that this religion offers them the final spiritual truth for all mankind.

Pray that many from this people group will have open hearts to receive the words of Jesus. Pray that a mission agency will be led by God to begin translating the Bible into the Bokorogue language and disciple them in his ways. Pray for the Lord to send the Bokorogue people abundant rainfall as proof that he is the true blesser and provider.

 

Heb 8:10, NLT

But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Pray that as children memorize verses from the Qur’an, that they will yearn for a deep, loving relationship with the God who gave them life.

Feb. 23: Fongoro People

(This story illustrates things that can happen with this people group).

The cattle herders slapped at the flies that tried to bite them. The cows of the nearby herd also fought off the flies, swinging their tails to get at them. These people are members of the Fongoro people group, and they live on the grassy plains of Chad, a land where disease is rampant, and hospitals are few and far between.

The biggest problem faced by the Fongoro people group is the tsetse fly, a pest that causes this people group much sorrow. Diseases that spread by the tsetse fly are common, and doctors are few. The Fongoro live in a region which outsiders find difficult to reach.

Fongoro people are Muslims. The few followers of Jesus Christ among them often face persecution and are forced to go into hiding.

Ask God to protect the few Fongoro followers of Jesus Christ. May their faith be strengthened so that they can share the message of salvation with their own people. Pray also that medical missionaries would be led by God to reach out to this people group with acts of love and the message of salvation. Pray that soon Fongoro people will sing His praises as they tend their herds.

 

Heb 9:12, NLT

With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—He entered the most holy place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

Pray for the Fongoro people to understand that the blood of their livestock will never result in payment for sin; only the blood of a worthy savior can do that.

Feb. 24: Fur Peoples

Darfur is a name that was much in the news about 10 years ago. Darfur means “Land of the Fur,” and the Fur tribes are the main tribes of this region. The Darfur in Sudan lies next to the border with Chad. Most Fur live in the Darfur region, but there are also Fur living in Chad. This tribe is considered Sunni Muslim, but its people probably embrace more animistic beliefs and practices than Muslim tradition.

War has plagued the Darfur for centuries, but a new conflict arose in 2003 when the local Arab militia called Janjaweed attacked villages in a campaign of terror supported by the Sudanese military. Finally, a peace agreement was reached in 2011, but it is still a very dangerous place to live.

Today it is hard to believe, but these ancient people were once Christians until they were forcibly converted to Islam when Arab Muslims from North Africa invaded their land. Could there be a spark of remembrance of their Christian past that could be fanned into a flame? Through the power of the Holy Spirit, anything is possible!

Pray for divine appointments, dreams and visions of Jesus that will open the hearts of the Fur people when they hear the gospel message. Pray that the day will soon come when Fur people will disciple others throughout the Fur region.

 

Heb 12:1-2b, NLT

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Pray that the Fur peoples will turn their hearts to Jesus Christ, and never look back again. May they keep their eyes on Jesus and follow him alone.

Feb. 25: Daju Sila People

The Darfur region of Sudan that we read about yesterday is home to multiple ethnic groups, not just the Fur peoples. The Daju, or the Daju Sila which they call themselves in Chad, are mainly comprised of five groups living in the Nuba Mountains in the Darfur area. Their society is a patriarchal one, and they enthusiastically celebrate the birth of sons. They are an agricultural and herding people and have very distinct customs. They have been a Muslim people since the 15th century, and the Qur’an is so important to them that they give their babies water to drink used to wash a board inscribed with verses from the Qur’an!

It is going to take the power of the Holy Spirit to break through the traditions of the Daju Sila people to open their hearts to even listen to the truth about Jesus. There are very few believers living in that area, and the Daju reputation for fierceness can be a deterrent to many groups even considering trying to reach out to them. The answer is prayer, and that is why this booklet, the Global Prayer Digest, is so important. When thousands of people all over the world read about and pray for unreached people, God acts!

Pray for prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession. Pray for God’s favor to be on mission agencies ministering to the Daju Sila. Pray for peace among the Daju tribes.

 

Heb 12:24, NLT

You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

Pray for many from the Daju Sila people to soon seek and find a new covenant with Jesus, and not allow anger or vengeance to get in the way of their spiritual lives.

Feb. 26: Sinyar (A Tama subgroup)

The village compound looks familiar. It looks like the Fur villages that also occupy the Darfur region in Sudan and the abutting region in Chad. The Sinyar people have the same round huts and cone-shaped roofs made of thatched reeds as other tribes who occupy the region, but they are a distinct group in this troubled area comprised of many tribes. They too are Muslim, yet like their neighbors, they ignore some of the Muslim prohibitions and brew beer from the millet they raise. Most are farmers engaged in dry farming. Each village is ruled by its own chief, who, in turn, answers to a territorial chief, who in turn answers to a higher government official.

Most of the Sinyars cannot read or write, so they desperately need dedicated laborers to live among them and share the love of Jesus with them through non-print sources. Literacy efforts to teach them to read would open up the modern world to them. A small percentage of Sinyars who have had the opportunity for education have migrated to other communities where they have a broad range of occupational opportunities.

Pray that Christian teachers will have open doors into these tribes. Pray that God will call a small number of believers among the Sinyar to share the gospel and disciple their own people.

 

Heb 7:19, NLT

For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

Pray that Muslim peoples in Chad like the Sinyars will find true hope, not in the law, but in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Feb. 27: Torom People of Chad

With a population of 12,000, the Torom people are not that small, but we know almost nothing about them. They live in central Chad like most of the other people groups we are praying for this month. Their language is Toram, but it is being replaced by one of the Arabic dialects spoken in Chad. They are farmers, semi-nomadic cattle herders, or sometimes common laborers.

Who will give up running, safe water, electricity, and endure intense heat to reach them? Will the love of Christ compel some from your nation to reach out to theirs? Who will bear Christ’s cross for the Torom people? Those who reach out to them will have to share the same lifestyle as this people group. They will have to start from the beginning if they want Christian materials in the Toram language, since they have no Bible, JESUS Film, or even a gospel recording, which is almost unheard of.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out His chosen workers to the Torom people and anoint them with Christ’s love and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Pray for the Lord to provide spiritual hunger among Torom people that will drive them to the arms of Jesus, the one who blesses all nations. Pray that as Torom people travel, that they will take time to learn about the Savior, and allow him to transform their community into His likeness.

 

Heb 3:13, NLT

You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.

Pray for someone to go to the Torom people and tell them about sin’s deceitfulness, and the forgiveness God offers through Jesus.

Feb. 28: Fulani work by Kojo Issaka

(This is a testimony of an African missionary who went to the Fulani people in May, 2018).

I was invited to share the gospel. All refused to accept the message; they say they will not worship Anabi Issah but Allah only. But praise God Alhassan and his family received Jesus and presented me with cow milk, a sign of friendship and affection.

I took a picture with them and the host who sent me. I said he should take proper care of them and build strong relationships with them by giving them the story of Jesus.

Pray that this Fulani family will be the beginning of a movement to Christ among this important and highly unreached people group. Pray that the Lord will bless the Fulani people in West Africa with abundant rain so there will be plenty of grass for their livestock, which will give him glory and praise. Pray that the Holy Spirit will keep Alhassan’s family close to Jesus Christ through all circumstances, even when they are persecuted. Pray that the Lord will give spiritual and physical protection to Kojo and these new believers.

 

Heb 4:1, NLT

God’s promise of entering His rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it.

Pray that the message this Fulani family received will give them the willingness to enter God’s spiritual rest, and that they will understand that their sins are forgiven because of the work of Jesus Christ.

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