Daily Topic for May 23, 2008

Romans 12:2
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will."

A major reason for the existence of this Global Prayer Digest is to deepen your understanding of God’s will. This booklet is meant to help you to fill your mind with Scripture and information that will challenge your faith and prompt further involvement in the Great Commission. It is also meant to encourage you and stimulate you to pray. By contrast, the world would have us conform to its priorities-self-preservation, self-gratification and self-security.

Pray that Jesus will renew our minds today by His Word so that we may discover what He would have us do to join in the task of reaching the unreached.

Muslim Urdu-speaking Pakistanis

In Pakistan they were the targets of drive-by shootings, and one was beaten outside his mosque on three different occasions. Many middle-class Shi’ite Muslims fled persecution in Pakistan and found asylum in the United States. After the U.S. Sept. 11 attack, 5,000 Pakistani Sunni Muslims made an exodus further north to Canada where they have since found refuge and a sense of acceptance.

The Urdu-speaking Pakistanis are a collection of ethnic groups who are considered to be descendants of northern India’s highest achievers. Professionals in all fields have emigrated to North America seeking better economic opportunities. Urdu-speaking women pursue teaching positions, and in the medical profession they maintain their family honor by working only with female students and clients.

Almost all Pakistanis in Canada are Sunni Muslims, but living in North America still poses challenges for these liberal Sunnis. Their children cannot find the opportunity and place to pray five times a day in the public schools, and physical education classes require co-ed participation.

Many Urdu speakers, be they Sunni or Shi’ite Muslims, consider the moral values of Westerners to be “pagan.” They need to see true faith in Christ lived out.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will open doors for Christian businessmen to share the gospel with Urdu men and for faithful families to live out the gospel in their schools and communities.-JKW

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