Daily Topic for March 28, 2017
Pray that the Nogai people will respond to the grace shown them by the Lord and by His people.
Proud descendants of the Mongolian Empire’s Golden Horde, the Nogai speak their own distinct Turkic language. Though over 100,000 of them live in Russia, more than 90,000 self-identified Nogai live in Turkey. There is also significant Nogai populations in Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.
This once-nomadic people now live in small villages and work with livestock. A distinctive Nogai cuisine, preserving many of their Mongol roots, survives— vividly embodied by Nogai tea, a hot tea prepared by boiling milk and tea together, along with butter, salt, and pepper. Unfortunately their lives are tempered today by disillusionment from the destabilizing elements of violence, chaos, and corruption in their country.
At present there are approximately 20 Nogai followers of Jesus. In 2011 the New Testament was published in the Nogai language; and now Genesis, Ruth, Esther, and Jonah are complete. Early last year the JESUS Film was completed in Nogai. Nogai believers risk rejection by their families, as well as a threat to their livelihood if their identity in Christ becomes known in the midst of the intensely Muslim Nogai society.
Pray blessings on the Nogai Bible portions and the JESUS Film as they penetrate Nogai culture. Pray that many Nogai will become open to the love, peace, and joy of the gospel, and for this to spread through Nogai circles in the Nogai language. Pray that the descendants of the Golden Horde will find their greatest joy in the generation ahead in the fulfillment of the Golden Rule, empowered by the Holy Spirit.