Beaten and left for dead
Terrified, threatened, vulnerable . . . the M’zab of the Sahara Desert are afraid to speak their own language, to wear their traditional clothing, to go out at night. They are careful to avoid doing anything that could reveal their identity. They are filled with fear because the majority population group surrounding them desires that they be wiped out. They strike at random, killing whichever M’zab happens to be in their way.
Buses are sporadically stopped, and all M’zabs are asked to get off. Their belongings are stolen; they are beaten and left for dead. Their homes and business are being burned and looted. Nobody comes to help them, not even the police. They feel completely alone. Questions are being raised in their community: “Are we valuable? Is our identity to be cherished? Is it good to be different?”
“The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours. The world and everything in it--You founded them” (Psalm 89:11, HCSB). The M’zab belong to the Lord. Pray that they will find their value in Him. Ask God to protect them and provide for them in a way that will lead them to a saving knowledge of Jesus.