Daily Topic for March 13, 2008
Sound familiar? Jesus cleansed the temple while quoting from Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11. Not only were the Jews at the temple not praying for the nations, they had not reserved a place for the nations to come and pray. The court of the Gentiles, the only place in the temple Gentile proselytes were allowed to enter, was filled with the bleating of sheep and the bawling of cattle. Temple officials, greedy for money, had taken over this area for the sale of animals to be sacrificed. Is there anything in your life or in the life of your church, which tends to squeeze out ministry to the nations?
In earlier days the (approximately) 22,000 Khanti people lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle, living in one camp during the summer and another in the winter. They were forced to settle down during the Soviet era. They now live in small houses in the villages or apartments in towns. Although some Khanti people continue to herd reindeer as their ancestors did, others have turned to agriculture or cattle herding.
In times past many Khanti people converted to Orthodox Christianity, yet they never really embraced it, but continued to practice their own Animistic religion. At the beginning of the 20th century, missionary influence caused many to turn to Christ. Today, however, there is little evidence of that work. Many have become Atheists; some simply reject any religion. The Khanti people need much prayer and long term Christian workers if they are to be reached with the gospel, and have the mentoring needed to mature in His ways.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will grant wisdom and favor to the mission agency currently targeting them so that a triumphant Khanti church will be raised up for God’s glory. Pray for God to raise up more missionaries to stay with the Khanti people until they have a strong, evangelizing and discipling body of believers. Pray that the Bible, the JESUS Film and other evangelistic tools will be translated into the Khanti language and distributed to all of their communities. Pray against alcoholism, suicide and hopelessness that plague the Khantis. -MH