Daily Topic for April 26, 2015

Acts 4:36-37, NIV
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement"), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.

Fasting, alms, Meccan treks, perplexed by conflict, relocation-a nation dispersed, ejected, unprotected, finding a new way in a new land. As pioneers they begin to adhere to foreign customs. They arrived in ports full of hope and anxious to fulfill all of their dreams.

Pray that the Muslim doctrine of good works would be done unto the glory of God and not as a means of attempting to acquire salvation. Pray that the believing community in England would reach out to Kashmiri Muslims in truth and love so that they would hear the gospel of Christ and be saved.-VA

Kashmiris in Manchester

by EJD

(This story illustrates the beliefs and attitudes of the people group.)

The grey clouds hung low over the rows of brick tenement houses. The light lace curtains began to blow back and forth, letting in a cool current of wind. Bibi slid to the edge of the bed. She hobbled to the window, dragging her aged feet. She pulled the shutters closed. She caught herself staring out the window at a totally different skyline than the one she first saw in the 1940s. The tall, blackened smokestacks of 70 years ago were all gone. New skyscrapers with shiny windows were seen near the roofs of the tenements.

She was only 17 when she and her husband of two months first arrived in Manchester. The city was bursting at the seams with migrants like themselves. She and her husband first stayed with friends in a small attic. Her husband worked long hours cutting vegetables and helping the cook in a small restaurant. Having soon learned the tricks of the trade, he told Bibi that they should start preparing and selling meals to other immigrants. Soon they had a thriving business. Their eldest son took over the business and their grandchildren attended universities, setting the stage for a bright future.

Like most Kashmiris, Bibi practices Sunni Islam that is influenced by Sufi mystic traditions. Displaced from Kashmir, many have made homes for themselves in the UK.

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Pray that the Muslim Kashmiris in Manchester will come to experience the love of God in Christ Jesus.

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