Daily Topic for July 22, 2007
God has committed His Word to us-the revelation of who He is and the statement of His purpose for us. In order to “correctly handle” this Word, we must understand and use it as God intended. God outlined His purpose for mankind in the Garden of Eden and His plan to accomplish that purpose in His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). God’s deepest concern is to bring people from every nation (cultural group) into fellowship with Himself. Today about 8,000 of these cultural groups have no Christian community in their midst. Our correct handling of the Word of truth will place priority on God’s clearly-revealed purposes for these unreached peoples.
Lord, open our eyes to understand Your Word, and then lead us to obey what we learn.
“I was only given 10 minutes with my husband before they shot him. He was innocent! They tortured him until he confessed that he was a Muslim terrorist who was trying to split the motherland (China).” The broken Uighur woman told the horror of her husband’s execution in February by the Chinese government.
The western province of Xinjiang is the home of 9,000,000 Sunni Muslims known as Uighurs. These people no longer bask in the glory of their rich past and Turkic culture. The Chinese government has imposed strict laws against their religious practices. They are constantly at risk of being arrested, detained, tortured, or sentenced to labor camps.
At one time these self-governing people were wealthy farmers. Today China has sent Han Chinese to farm the Uighur’s land. To survive, Uighurs have been forced to do whatever jobs may be available, usually in the cities like Urumqi where they make up 13 percent of the population.
They are desperately in need of the Lord. Some are aware of Jesus because He is mentioned in the Koran, but they have no knowledge of the true and beautiful teachings of Jesus that can lead them to eternal life.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Uighurs will hear the gospel message on radio broadcasts and through believers, some of whom they may meet in prison. Pray that the Uighurs will find Jesus to be their hope as they suffer in their homeland.-PD