Daily Topic for November 13, 2007

1 Sam. 13:11-14
"'...you did not come within the appointed days...so I offered the burnt offering...' And Samuel said, 'But now your kingdom shall not endure.'"

How often have we, like Saul, thought that doing what God said seemed to be foolish, untimely, or unacceptably inconvenient? God had said that only priests from the tribe of Levi were to offer sacrifices. But Saul couldn’t wait. He couldn’t trust God to act in time, but compulsively insisted on his own way. In the task of world evangelization it is crucial that we trust God not only for what to do, but also how and when. God is not obligated to bless our compulsive activity.

Dear Father, we want to hear Your voice and follow You closely. Thank You for leading us by Your Spirit.

Muslim Kyrgyz People of Kyrgystan

Drying plums on the roof and drying seeds on the road is common in Kyrgyzstan. Agriculture lacks mechanism and irrigation, and the country’s infrastructure is either unfinished or not maintained. Since gaining its independence in 1991, Kyrgyzstan has undergone a difficult transition from a command and supply economy to a market-oriented one. However, many mission and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) see an opportunity to improve the lives and economy of the Kyrgyz people as well as share Christ with them. About 89 percent of the population is still rural, so the government has strongly promoted community development that mobilizes human resources and local capital at the grassroots level.

In 1994, Mercy Corps became one of the first NGOs to work in the new republic. Kompanion, its financial service, provides loans to women entrepreneurs and emerging small businesses. (Kyrgyz women enjoy more freedom than do most other Central Asian women.) The Apple Project helps farmers grow more and better apples and to command top dollar for their harvest. It also partners with other agencies to supplement school food programs.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for wisdom for those serving among the Kyrgyz. Pray for receptivity to the gospel as it goes forth via radio. Pray for strong Kyrgyz fellowships.-JS

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