Daily Topic for November 18, 2007

1 Sam. 16:13
"Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward."

The “torch was passed” to a new leader in Israel, marking the beginning of the end of Saul’s reign. Saul was a tragic figure, repeatedly taking matters into his own hands and then experiencing the consequences. David, by contrast, would show a consistent sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, acknowledging his dependence and quickly confessing his sin. This is the kind of man (or woman) God uses for His glory among the nations.

Father, we want to have David’s sensitivity and not Saul’s compulsiveness. Lead us in paths of righteousness that bless all the families of the earth.

Shi’ite Muslim Hazara people of Afghanistan

Are the Hazara people Shi’ite Muslims because they want to be different from their Sunni Muslim tormentors, or are they tormented because they chose the Shi’ite branch of Islam? People often choose a religion to be different from hostile neighboring people groups, and religious differences often make hostilities even worse. 

Whatever the reason, the Shi’ite Muslim Hazaras have suffered persecution from Afghanistan’s Sunni Muslim majority. There are four million Hazara people still remaining in Afghanistan after a significant number fled to Pakistan and Iran during the years of war. A considerable amount of Afghanistan’s infrastructure was demolished during those years, but that is now slowly being rebuilt. 

In the Hazara’s arid homeland, sustained drought is common, and food is barely adequate. Restoring minimal levels of food security is being addressed through community development. Medical help is only available at far distances, and people can only reach doctors by foot or by donkey.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will raise up believing literacy workers, language translators, doctors, nurses, and agricultural personnel who can minister to this extremely needy people group. Pray too for Christian radio, the JESUS Film, and other basic Christian resources to soon become available for all the Hazara people of Central Asia.-MH

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