Daily Topic for June 29, 2006

Colossians 4:3
And pray for us, too, that God might open a door for our message.

We are often tempted to bemoan “closed doors”- areas where the clear proclamation of the gospel is prohibited or otherwise greatly hindered. In a certain sense, closed doors are God’s responsibility, but they also may be opened by the faithful, believing prayer of God’s people. Closed doors are of special concern to us because so many of the unreached peoples are located in areas which are “closed” to the gospel. We know that it is God’s will that these peoples hear and respond to His offer of life in Christ Jesus. We must remember that we face doors, not walls, and that they are only closed-not bolted, locked or jammed.

Lord, open doors for the clear proclamation of Your truth throughout the earth.

Muslim Kurds in Australia

What happens when millions of people lose their homeland? The region where Iraq, Turkey, and Syria meet is the vicinity where Kurdistan formerly lay. Though most ethnic Kurds have stayed, many have moved to other parts of the world.

Kurds began moving to Australia in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a labor agreement between the Turkish and Australian governments. Australia then began accepting Kurdish refugees from Iran in the 1980s and from Iraq in the early 1990s.

The roughly 15,000 Kurds in Australia have several significant challenges. Not only do they lack a basic knowledge of English, but many of them are illiterate in their own Kurdish languages. Many Kurds who once lived in refugee camps in the Middle East now suffer from psychological damage. As well, they are perpetually challenged by unemployment, poor health care and cultural illiteracy.

There is no significant Kurdish Christian population in Australia at this time. Most Kurds have retained their Muslim traditions and identity.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Kurds will be influenced by the gospel of Jesus in a way that meets their perceived needs. Pray that they will come to have their primary identity in Jesus. Pray that the Lord will send laborers to the Kurds in Australia.-JR

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