Daily Topic for March 08, 2007
Jesus’ initial statements brought murmurs of approval, but when He went on to speak about Elijah, the Scripture says, “All the people in the synagogue were furious” when they heard this. Why? What turned the people from praise to violent anger? Jesus spoke of a purpose for His ministry (like Elijah’s) that would include the Gentiles (like the widow of Zarephath)-those people outside Israel. How do we respond to people and programs outside our concern or without benefit to ourselves? How do we respond to a Jesus sent not only for us, but for lost unreached peoples?
Our God, give us generous hearts like Your own.
“Turnabout is fair play,” is an old adage adaptable to the circumstances of a half million foreigners in a European country that was trying to finance its late 20th century reorganization programs by importing cheap labor. In Germany’s case, Kurds, who lived in lands where jobs were scarce, came to fill low-wage jobs.
The 1996 Presbyterian General Assembly, long interested in Kurds, learned that Kurds were being forced to leave their homeland in parts of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. They determined to find a place where missionaries could serve among the millions of Kurdish refugees and migrant workers. The vast majority of Europe’s Kurds live in Germany.
A husband and wife team, invited by the Evangelical Church of Berlin, were assigned to Berlin, Germany. Challenged to build bridges of understanding in congregations, they address racism and the fear of strangers by proclaiming the gospel with words and deeds. A Kurdish organization that had at first threatened to wage a holy war against the church if it tried to evangelize Kurds, later encouraged them by inviting the wife and other Christians to join them in celebrating their secular spring New Year’s festival. They were even allowed to include a Christian worship service!Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Kurds in Germany to hear of and respond to Jesus this very month.-MC