Daily Topic for February 03, 2007
Joel’s prophecy foresaw that God would summon the nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, there pronouncing judgment on the wicked but declaring refuge for His people. As the prophet looked out over the sea of humanity in the valley, he was vividly aware that the great and terrible day of judgment was imminent. This prophecy was a picture of today’s world, in which vast multitudes hang in the balance of decision. Will we give each human society the valid opportunity to decide to follow Jesus? Will we offer the refuge of salvation to the nations on whom the living God will pronounce judgment so as to save them from it?
Holy God, yes, we will give others the opportunity we have received. Raise up messengers from Your Church and thrust them out into the harvest field.
Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union there has been a return to Shamanism among the Siberian peoples. Hopelessness and depression pervade much of their lives, making them vulnerable to alcohol addiction and suicide. These destructive practices happen to the old and young alike. This surely is not God’s will for these people created in His image!
Workers with a burden for the Shamanistic peoples of Siberia need to come together to streamline their efforts to bring the peoples from darkness to light. The first annual conference to make this happen was initiated in 2004 by Igor, a Russian. He has been called to challenge and motivate the Russian church to plant churches that reflect the cultures of all the Shamanistic peoples of Siberia. Indigenous Christian leaders, both Russians and foreign nationals, come to this conference to pray, worship, build relationships, share resources, and to encourage and learn from one another.
At the 2005 conference God clearly revealed Himself to several participants, confirming callings and reassuring people that He will be true to His promises. In addition, a sensitive issue was raised publicly by some of the indigenous Christian participants: How can we develop our churches to better reflect our indigenous cultures, and do so without syncretism?Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the right people will gather for future conferences and be greatly benefited from their time together. Pray that Igor may be released from his ministry to the Buryats so that he can devote himself to mobilizing Russians and others to reach these Siberians.