Thursday, March 31, 2011
By: Charles & Mia Harris
In our previous article; Declaring: Our "Unreached People Group," we introduced our "frontier people group" (a term we prefer using in our research) as the "Bambara Tribe" of Mali, West Africa. In this writing, we will answer three main questions: (1) Are they indigenous to this area? (2) Did they migrate from another location? (3) Did any significant events (war, fame, natural disaster) play a part in their history?
As we reflect back on the historical facts of this great tribal nation, we have discovered the Bambara are a large "Mande" group located mostly in the country of Mali (officially known as Republic of Mali)" and they are an indigenous tribe which mean they are the "original inhabitants of a this area. Mali is a landlocked nation of West Africa, with a population of over 14.5 million people, which consists of diverse Sub-Saharan ethnic groups, sharing similar historic, cultural, and religious traditions.
However, the Bambara people are known to be the largest and most central indigenous group in that area of West Africa. They speak "Bamana", which is one of the Manding languages. Bamana is widely spoken in Mali, especially in the areas of business and trade. It is connected to the Bantu language, which includes Swahili and Zulu. "They are known for their elaborate cosmology and metaphysics, their indigenous writing, and religious sculptures. They founded two important states, at Segu and at Kaarta." "With the exception of the Mossi states to its south, the Mali Empire faced very few external threats throughout its existence. Even after its glory days had passed, the mansas were generally concerned with holding onto subject peoples rather than outright invasions. That all changed during the reign of Mansa Uli II in the mid-15th century. For the next 150 years, the Mali Empire would be locked in a life or death struggle for its very existence amid a barrage of enemies on all sides."
Posted by Charles and Mia Harris at 8:44 PM
Monday, March 7, 2011
By: Charles & Mia Harris
As we stated in our previous Blog titled: God Is A Change Agent for Missions Outreach, we shared that in January of 2011, God called us into Mission Mandate! Not only did He call us into this blessing, He ushered us to a place and connected with a gifted people to be trained, enlighten, encouraged, energized, and empowered with a new knowledge, of wisdom and understanding to do His perfect Will in mission outreach. This knowledge is being made possible through the instructions provided by (IGO/IWM) referred to as International Global Outreach Institute for World Ministry, and our study of the curriculum: "Pathways To Global Understanding." This specialized training program is designed to equip believers for missions on a global scale.
There are several objectives of this assignment (1) to acquaint our readers with an understanding and knowledge about an "unreached people group." (2) to explain how God might work in a given situation, if a sound strategy for evangelism was developed and applied; (3) to demonstrate how God is calling us to become fellow co-workers in missions; (4) to further empower our personal passion for God's plans for world evangelism; (5) to promote the need for increased global support for missions outreach as "change agents" in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unreached ethnic groups and hidden societies throughout the world.
Here's a more detailed definition: an "unreached people group" is an ethno linguistic people (a people with a common language) among whom there is no viable indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize their own people without outside (cross cultural) assistance. Other researchers and mission experts have adopted the terms "hidden people" or "frontier people group."
As illustrated in the picture above, the "frontier people group" (a term we prefer using in our research) we have chosen through much prayer and meditation are the "Bambara Tribe" of Mali, West Africa. The Bambara are a large "Mande" group located mostly in the country of Mali (officially known as Republic of Mali). Mali is a landlocked nation of West Africa, with a population of over 14.5 million people, as shown in the map below.
We pray now, in the Name of Jesus, that this research journey will begin our mission destiny afresh in sharing the good news of the Gospel of grace to an "unreached people" such as the Bambara people of Mali, West Africa. Knowing that without Christ we can do nothing and He must remain the center of the journey, because He is the vine and we are the branches. Therefore, we give God (Yahweh Roph' eka) who is a healer of nations, all the glory, and all of the honor and every part of our praise.
In our next several Blog's, our plans is to share with you what we have learned about the Bambara people, their background information, highlighting their remarkable history, including language, daily life, social structure, political system, and the religion system of this tribal people.
Mt. 9:37-38 - Then he said unto his disciples: "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
To be continued......
Posted by Charles and Mia Harris at 4:06 AM