Daily Topic for March 04, 2015
Intercessors, as together you blizzard Ukraine’s unreached peoples with prayers straight from God’s Word, you are the channels of His power accomplishing through you the redemption of people who will greet you with many thanks as you meet around His throne!
Pray that His Word will accomplish His purpose in Ukraine.
The Tatars of Ukraine who live outside of Crimea are a separate people group, and they should not be confused with the Crimean Tatars who have been given much media attention this year. About 73,300 Tatars are spread out in colonies throughout Ukraine and Russia. The city of Volga is a center for many Ukraine Tatars, and today we will focus on them.
A well-educated and liberal people, Tatars of Ukraine will protest on behalf of repressed foreigners. They are also a people who have lost much of their cultural identity. Although of Turkic origin, many Tatars claim Russian as their mother tongue instead of their Kazar Tatar language.
In the 1800s Tatar cities were known as the greatest cultural centers of the Islamic world. But now it is difficult to distinguish them from other cities. Rural Tatars, however, maintain some of the old traditions, including wearing conservative clothing and practicing superstitious beliefs.
The Tatars identify themselves as Muslims before recognizing their ethnic Turkic identity. The urbanized liberal Tatars encourage the women to join the men in mosques, and prayer times are arranged around work schedules.
Christianity was introduced to the Tatars of Ukraine several centuries ago by the Russian Orthodox Church. “Christians” burnt Tatar mosques and forced conversions to Christianity. Today, the Tatars of Ukraine have only a 0.2 percent Christian population. A completed New Testament exists in their language, but there are no known churches.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will minister forgiveness to the Tatar hearts, so that Jesus can enter them.