Daily Topic for February 16, 2007
John the Baptist’s ministry was the fulfillment of this prophetic promise of Isaiah. John disturbed, upset, heightened, and aroused the expectations of the people. Why? The Lord was coming! The Lord was coming! John’s preaching and baptism pointed with eager anticipation to the appearance of the promised Messiah. And the result of the Lord’s coming, the natural end with which this revelation will conclude, is that all mankind at last will see Him. God Himself has promised no less.
Lord, we want to hasten history to this climax-that all peoples will see Him.
“Rusmet, my wife and I are planning to leave Kosovo. All our children are gone and the future of our Gorani people looks hopeless.” Rusmet agreed. “No one wants to give us any recognition. Only the Serbs are being considered in the negotiations. We are Muslim. I’m thankful that our children left, because their lives could have been in danger. Frankly, something might happen to us.”
The Gorani Muslims, speaking their own Serbian Torlakian dialect, number about 11,000 and are the smallest minority in Kosovo. The majority live in several small communities in southern Kosovo, known as the Gora region. The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (NUMIK) redrew internal boundaries in such a way that a Gorani-majority municipality no longer exists. The Gora region was combined with a neighboring Albanian-populated region, so there is now an Albanian majority where they live. The Gorani people have been the target of the Kosovo Liberation Army and Protection Force.
The majority of Gorani youth have migrated to Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, and Turkey. The remaining Goranis are considering leaving Kosovo to maintain their Islamic ethnic identity and not be subject to discrimination. Goranis are very skeptical and not receptive to Christians.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will arrange for the Muslim Gorani people to receive His truth and love through living witnesses of Him and His Word.-PD