Daily Topic for August 30, 2006

Rev. 22:2
"On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit.... And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."

The book of Revelation fittingly ties up all the loose ends unraveled in the book of Genesis. But there is great progress as well as restoration. God began with a beautiful garden; He closes the scene with a glorious city. He started with a tree of life; now we see an abundance of fruit-a new crop every month. “And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Those groups that have suffered ruin because of sin will find healing and wholeness because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of those willing to “go into the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation.”

Lord Jesus, the nations and peoples of the world are so broken and bruised by sin and hate. Bring healing, gracious Lord!

Kazakhs in Mongolia and Kazakhstan

The Kazakh man was nearly breathless as he described the impressive sight to his friend. “A horde of horses trotted straight at me. The riders wore caps made of fox fur decorated with large owl feathers. Some riders had gigantic golden eagles sitting majestically on their hands as if ready to attack.” His friend smiled and replied, “That is what our true Kazakh brothers have brought back to us from Mongolia. They have maintained the glory of our Kazakh traditions and the beauty of hunting with the golden eagle.”

Almost 200 years ago, Russian troops pushed Kazakhs out of their homeland. Many settled in Bayan Ulgii, Western Mongolia where they lived in their close-knit, but isolated community. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Kazakhstan’s first new president appealed to Kazakhs living in other countries to return home. More than half of the 120,000 Kazakhs living in Mongolia did so. They are highly respected and appreciated for their knowledge of Kazakh’s heritage, which they carefully maintained during their years of isolation.

The Kazakhs are folk Muslims who adhere mainly to ancestor worship and other animist practices. Though they are being reached in Kazakhstan, few are responding to the gospel in Mongolia.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Kazakhs in Mongolia will be open to other people and less isolated. Pray that God will guide believers to present the gospel in a sensitive way so Kazakhs will follow Jesus and His Word.-PD

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