Daily Topic for October 16, 2007
God did not abandon Israel in spite of their sin and disobedience. He sent judges to lead the people in victory over their enemies. Today we praise God for those whom He raises up to remind us of Christ’s command to disciple all nations and to equip us to obey that command. Student mission leaders are banding together, encouraging other students to pray and plan to go with the gospel to the nations. Pastors and denominational leaders are encouraging their congregations to send young people and to faithfully support them with their prayers and their money. Mission executives are developing new plans to penetrate the world’s remaining people groups with the gospel.
Pray that the Church of Jesus Christ will respond to the leadership of today’s “judges,” humbly taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.
“Thank you for coming so many miles to bring us this story we have never heard. We should know these stories, but our imam has never taught us.” A Christian worker had just visited an Assamese Muslim village and told them the stories of the creation and the fall, both of which are in the Koran. About one-third of the population in Assam, a northeastern state of India, is Muslim, but it is common to see village men standing around ignoring the call to prayers. Sociologists call this very token allegiance to Islam “high identity - identifying culturally with a belief but not knowing well its theology or practicing faithfully its disciplines.”
Most Muslim villages are surrounded by Hindu villages, and the vast majority of those who turn to Christ in Assam come from Hindu backgrounds. In fact, out of 26 million people in Assam, there are only a few dozen known believers from Muslim backgrounds.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that missionaries in Assam will find Muslims who are spiritually seeking, and ready to hear about Jesus. Pray for the Assamese church to catch the vision of sharing Christ with their Muslim neighbors. Pray for Scripture translations using religious terminology that will be familiar to Assamese Muslims.-JS