Daily Topic for March 05, 2007

Luke 2:1
"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world."

Little did Caesar know that in terms of redemptive history it was now “the fullness of time.” (Gal. 4:4) Within the next few short decades the world would be turned upside down by the impact of one little baby born at the time of this royal decree. At that time many people would have considered him just another baby boy whose potential contribution to the world was actually diminished because He was a Jew. But this was to be a “man for all peoples.” The impact of His birth would be felt in the halls of Caesar’s palace and eventually among every people within the Roman world.

Father, we praise You, our missionary God, whose plan encompasses all peoples within every empire and kingdom of this world.

Shi’ite Muslim Iranians in Finland

Life is difficult for Shi’ite Muslim Iranians in Finland. Back in Iran, Shi’ite Muslims form the majority of the population, but in Finland, they are a small minority. The darker-skinned Iranians stand out sharply against the fair-skinned, blond Finns. The Muslims’ clothes are different, their language makes them stand out, and of course, their religion is different.

The adult Iranians have been reared in a purely Muslim culture, and usually socialize only with other Muslims. The young Iranian children can easily adapt to the Finnish way of life. But the teenagers are caught between the two cultures. At school, they feel pressure to conform to the Finnish culture, while at home, their parents may demand loyalty to the Muslim culture.

Because of these conflicting pressures, Muslim teens often drop out of school. They have difficulty finding jobs; unemployment among the Iranians in Finland is over 60 percent! If they find jobs, they are usually low-paying jobs such as bus driving. If their families have the means, they often open small family-run businesses, such as kebab restaurants.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Please pray for Christian laborers to bring the love of Jesus Christ to these people who are uprooted from their homeland, probably jobless and without hope in Christ.-JWS

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