Daily Topic for March 26, 2008

John 12:20
"Some Greeks.... came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. 'Sir,' they said, 'we would like to see Jesus.'"

After performing all the miraculous signs that proved His identity, Jesus started toward Jerusalem. The crowds followed. The Pharisees said to one another, “Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” Then some Greeks came requesting to see Jesus. John’s gospel reaches a dramatic moment: Jesus responded by saying that His hour had come. His glorification in death and resurrection would be the answer for these Greeks and others, both Jew and Gentile, wanting to see Him. He had come to draw all men to Himself, and now a representative world was ready and waiting.

Savior, draw men and women to Yourself from every tribe and language and people. We want to help the peoples to “see Jesus!”

Muslim Nogai People in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would send help to the Russians living near Nogai villages. The above July 2007 announcement came when he read the following, “We live here on a powder keg. Wahhabism [a militant Islamic sect from Saudi Arabia] is becoming increasingly popular in Nogai villages, people [policemen and civilians] get killed and there is a permanent terrorist threat in the area. Probably very soon it will be impossible to live here. There will be a war here!”

About 76,000 ethnically Turkic Nogais live throughout Russia, primarily in the Volga steppe, Dagestan and Ukraine. At one time they were nomadic, but today the majority live in villages without electricity, telephones, satisfactory education, or necessary medical facilities. The harsh climate makes food production very difficult. Feeling neglected and forgotten by the Russian authorities, the Nogais were among the first non-Chechens to join the Chechen resistance. They formed a Nogai battalion and made attacks against the Russians. Recently Russia said they would give them more of the basic things such as electricity and phones. The Nogais are skeptical. 

Nogais are nominal Sunni Muslims and are resistant to anyone they perceive to be a “Christian.” There are only a few known Nogai believers.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that believers will make sincere efforts to help the Nogais with their infrastructural needs. May God’s message of hope soon reach the Nogais so they can receive His joy and eternal life. Pray that the Nogais will cease their terrorist activities.-PD

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