Daily Topic for November 02, 2007

1 Sam. 1:20
"...She gave birth to a son, and she named him Samuel..."

Samuel would become an important leader of Israel, bridging the era of the judges and the period of kings. At this point in Israel’s history, the nation had already repeatedly experienced the cycle of disobedience, discipline, and deliverance, yet leaders and people alike only dimly acknowledged that God’s purpose for them was to bless the other families of the earth. But God is the God of new beginnings, and Samuel’s leadership gave Israel new opportunity for renewed faithfulness to the “bottom line” of the Abrahamic covenant. Have you considered changes in your life or family situation as an encouragement to expand your focus of concern?

Father, use disruptions in our lives as reminders of Your eternal purposes.

Changar People of Afghanistan

(Review yesterday’s story)

Zia then became the spiritual leader of the few Afghanistan believers. Zia’s father said that, before he entered the Institute for the Blind, Zia had been like a cold and unlit piece of charcoal. After his experience there, he had become like a red hot, brightly burning coal! 

Zia wanted to study Islamic Law so that he could defend Christians who might be persecuted for their faith. He therefore entered the University of Kabul, from which he graduated with his law degree. Zia also translated the New Testament from Iranian Persian into his own Dari dialect. 

Because, like Zia, other blind students had become followers of Jesus, in 1973 the Muslim government in Afghanistan sent a written order to close the two Institutes for the Blind, both of which had been founded by believers. All expatriate teachers of the blind were ordered to leave Afghanistan. The Muslim government then destroyed the Christian church building in Kabul.

Later, under a communist regime, the Institute for the Blind in Kabul was reopened, Zia was put in charge, and he did fine work in reorganizing it. Then pressure was brought on him to join the communist party. He refused. One official warned him, “If you do not join, you might be killed.” Zia replied, “I am not afraid to be killed for my faith. Are you ready to die for yours?”-CW (Continued tomorrow)

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Pray for believers in Afghanistan to exhibit the Lord’s grace, power, and love when they face persecution.

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