Daily Topic for October 02, 2006

Josh. 1:5
"As I was with Moses, I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you"

How precious this promise must have been to Joshua as he assumed leadership of Israel! And this promise is for us as well: God’s presence is the greatest resource in missions. It is God Himself who moves through us to cross the cultural and social barriers which hinder understanding and acceptance of the good news about Jesus Christ. We, in our own power and energy, are not able to do this great work. Jesus reinforced this truth when He linked the command to “go and make disciples of all nations” with the promise to “be with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:19, 20).

Lord Jesus, thank You for the promise of Your presence.

Mazadaran People in Iran

(Continued from yesterday) After his profession of faith in Christ, Mohammed Sa’eed found life unbearable. He pled with his brother, Kaka: “My return to Islam is impossible. My stay here will mean death. Have pity on me and help me to get away.” That afternoon Kaka and Sa’eed each left home by a different route. They met at a stream, swollen by spring rains, where Kaka rolled up his pants and removed his shoes. Carrying Sa’eed with a bundle on his shoulders, he crossed the stream with much difficulty.

In Hamadan, in a missionary home, helping in a doctor’s office, Sa’eed associated with Armenian and Jewish Christians. While patients waited, he read to them from the Bible or gave them Scriptures. He also discovered what a powerful instrument medicine was for breaking down prejudice. Otherwise unapproachable, in the clinic men were willing to discuss Christian teachings.

In 1893 he went to Sweden, then on to England, where he studied medicine. He returned to Hamadan in 1895. Medical work now filled the doctor’s time. There were no official “office hours.” People expected to see the doctor whenever it suited them. Sa’eed was also his own druggist and nurse. Though it was increasingly dangerous to witness to his faith, Dr. Sa’eed continued to talk to his patients, and he held Bible readings in his home. Some Muslims attended and had private discussions with Sa’eed.

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Pray for God to raise up many Kurdish believers as Christ’s ambassadors to the Kurds in Iran.-AL (Continued tomorrow)

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