Daily Topic for February 20, 2007
How the Shepherd’s heart aches when He sees the sheep deprived of what they need! How it aches to comfort the worried and help the helpless! Has your heart begun to ache like that? What would your life be like without the Shepherd? Have you envisioned the plight of two billion people who so far have little chance of knowing Him? Does your heart ache when you realize the extent of their needs? What can you do? Jesus said, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).
Lord, we simply ask You to do just that, especially for those Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Animists who have no churches in their midst.
It all began on Christmas Eve in 1984 when the Bulgarian government sought to erase Turkish culture and identity by the forced assimilation of its 900,000 plus Turks. Their names were changed to Bulgarian names, all Turkish publications ceased, spoken Turkish was banned, and its music forbidden. Hundreds were arrested or killed, all for the purpose of making Bulgaria a culturally unified, socialist nation. Only a palace coup in 1989 brought down the communist dictator. Once again names were reinstated, Turks were allowed to speak Turkish openly, and restrictions on Islamic religion were lifted. The cultural rights of Turks are now generally well respected, but they are disadvantaged relative to the Bulgarians in terms of income, presence in the professions and in the commercial sector.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that this people group will come to realize they will never be disadvantaged when they come to the Lord, but with Him they can find a freedom that world regimes can never give nor take away. May they have dreams and visions showing Jesus as the only One who can offer the promise to write their names in the Lamb’s book of life, a place where their names will never be changed nor erased.-MH