Ngoni of Tanzania

(n-GO-knee) – “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness” (Romans 10:1-3 ESV). The Apostle Paul was referring here to his fellow countrymen, the Jews, regarding their attempt to be righteous before God by their own ability. These same words also describe the Ngoni of Tanzania. Many of them are zealous in following the traditions and laws of the church, but they cannot testify of a time in their life when they turned from their sins and believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life. They have no assurance of having eternal life. They hope that their good deeds will be good enough to warrant acceptance by God to enter His eternal kingdom. Ask God to convict them of their sin of unbelief, of God’s righteousness, and of the judgment to come and to draw them to His Son, Jesus, so that they may be counted righteous through faith in Him alone.