Daily Topic for April 18, 2008
Those in Jerusalem who questioned Peter about his experience with the Gentiles in Caesarea were finally convinced. The gospel was for the Gentiles, too! Amazing! Yet how distressingly difficult it was for them to believe this simple truth. Peter had to recount his three visions as well as the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Cornelius’ household before they were convinced. They slowly came to understand that God’s redemptive plan for all the nations is central to His gracious character. Their eyes had previously been closed to this wonderful truth.
Lord, break through our prejudices and fears. Open our eyes and our hearts to love others as You love them.
How did over 50 percent of the ethnic Mirpiri population end up in the U.K.? When the Pakistani government began taking land to make room for the planned Mangla Dam (built in 1967), several thousand Mirpiri farmers lost their homes and their only way of making a living. They heard about factory jobs in Great Britain, so more than half of some villages moved to the U.K. Often the men went first, worked double shifts and tried to save enough money to return to their homeland. As a general rule, their wives joined them many years later in the U.K. Children grew up; and by arrangement, some married Mirpiri migrants already in Great Britain. The Mirpiri people formed a community and kept their traditions, language and Muslim religion. The language barrier and lack of funds kept children from achieving a high education. Ghetto living conditions still exist for many Mirpiri people in the U.K.
There are but a handful of known believers among them. People in the Mirpiri Muslim community cling to the Sunni beliefs and persecute anyone who turns to Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the few cross-cultural workers who are ministering to the Mirpiri people in the U.K. Ask God to give these workers love and wisdom as they labor as Christ’s ambassadors. Pray that God will protect new Mirpiri believers and establish fellowships for them.-AK