Daily Topic for February 07, 2007

Jonah 4:11
"But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left.... Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

Jonah was a reluctant missionary, loathe to go to Nineveh and even less willing to reveal God’s compassion for a city deep in ignorance and spiritual darkness. His success as the court prophet, national prejudice, and preoccupation with personal comfort combined to choke out any love for a people unlike his own. Jonah had more concern for a vine than he did for lost people. But is there not a little bit of Jonah in each of us? Don’t the successes of home ministry, racial prejudice and comforts and conveniences beckon for our attention?

Father, cause us to think and act in ways that reveal Your compassion for the world’s great cities, home to millions of individuals in thousands of unreached people groups.

Muslims in Moscow

“All roads lead to Rome” was a phrase used that helped define the Roman Empire. Moscow served in much the same way during the days of the Soviet Union, as Moscow was the nerve center and the financial capital for 70 years. It continues in these same functions under a much less restrictive and somewhat capitalist leaning government.

Hidden among its 12-15 million population are an estimated three million Muslims, mostly there without official registration. Among them are possibly up to a million Azerbaijanis, hundreds of thousands of Tatars, large numbers of Chechens and others from the North Caucasus region in Russia’s south, from the former Central Asian Soviet nations of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and even up to 80,000 from Afghanistan. Most of these people are drawn to Moscow seeking employment opportunities working as laborers in the booming building construction. Many travel frequently between their homelands and Moscow, carrying home funds to support their families, as the economies in many of their homelands restrict them from earning the kind of money that they can earn in Moscow.

Results of recent investigations regarding Christian work among these 3,000,000 people were disturbing. Only a handful of workers could be identified as targeting this population. None were local Russians, but they came from Western nations and Central Asia. There are only three small fellowships that specifically serve these 3,000,000 people.

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Please pray for workers to come to live in Moscow to win these Muslims to Christ.-Anonymous author

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