Daily Topic for February 08, 2007

Mic. 4:3
"He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares"

The book of Micah foretells the impending fall of Israel and Judah, as well as the glorious coming of the Messiah. But the theme of the book is not the doom of Israel so much as the fact that “many nations” (4:2) will begin to look to God as their rightful King. It is an encouraging vision that Micah sees-of nations changing their implements of war into farming tools. Yet that day is still in the future. And so is the day when people from “every tribe, tongue, people, and nation” will honor God.

Lord, help us to work and pray while it is still day!

Bashkir People of Russia

Have you ever craved a fish sandwich when you hear the word “Tatar?” What is my point? I’m glad you asked. Tatar is the language most spoken by the Bashkir people of Russia, but it sounds like the name of a tangy sauce served with fish sandwiches.

Living on the slopes and in the confines of the Ural Mountains and its neighboring plains, these isolated Finnish-based tribesmen were transformed by Tatar influences. The Bashkirs live in Russia’s Tatarstan and the Saratov Oblasts, but also in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. They are a disciplined and hard working people who make their living by herding and farming. They are primarily interested in taking care of their family needs, though some of them are more spiritually minded than others.

Numbering more than one and a quarter million, the Bashkirs are predominantly Sunni Muslim with only three percent of them being Christian. Though they are known to be hospitable, they are also suspicious of outsiders, so introduction of the gospel remains a challenge.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to raise up trustworthy ambassadors to win their friendship, and lead them to Jesus, their best friend. Pray that these Bashkir people will know the love of the Lord and accept His grace, mercy and love. May God’s will be done in this mountainous region of Russia.-JC

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