Daily Topic for March 27, 2008

John 13:38
"Then Jesus answered, 'Will you really lay down your life for Me?'"

Peter had asserted as much, but Jesus proceeded to predict that Peter would deny Him not just once but three times! How often do we make bold statements without first “counting the cost” of being Jesus’ disciple? The one who aspires to such an honorable calling must, as Jesus said, “deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Is such a cost too great for us to pay? It may very well mean the crucifixion of our life’s ambitions, but the rewards are so much greater!

Father, make us bold in our determination to follow You. Teach us first to “count the cost.”

Karakalpak People in Russia

“In due respect to your position as Deputy Health Minister of Karakalpakstan, Mr. Atajan, the evidence indicates that you have major healthcare problems in your region even though you deny it. The channeling of Aral Sea water to irrigate the cotton fields and the use of strong chemicals sprayed on the crops has led to the elimination of fisheries, increases in diseases such as choleras and esophageal cancer, and the highest child mortality rate in Russia.” Mr. Atajan harshly replied, “There is no alternative! Russia must have this cotton! Stopping it would leave stomachs empty.”

Karakalpaks are a diverse Turkic-speaking people. About 600,000 live in their own province in Uzbekistan. Cotton farming has replaced fishing and animal husbandry as their main source of income. They are very poor and suffer serious health problems. 

Although the Soviet authorities once suppressed Islam, most Karakalpaks have always maintained some form of their Islamic faith. They have almost no access to the gospel. The harsh circumstances of their lives have opened the door for a few Christian medical professionals to reach out to them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will send many Christian medical teams to work among the Karakalpaks. Pray that these suffering people will receive God’s mercy and give Him the glory.-PD

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