Daily Topic for November 09, 2008

Psalms 46:10
"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

So often we remember the first part of this verse but forget the second part. “Be still and know that I am God,” is used as an exhortation to put our faith in God in any situation. Yes, we must have faith in Him no matter what may happen. But there is a definite purpose to being still: to know that He will be exalted in all the earth. Does it give us peace and joy to know that the glorious One will be exalted among the nations? Shouldn’t we be thankful for what He will do among the nations?

Pray that you will experience His joy in knowing that the nations will be reached.

Kohistani People of Pakistan and Afghanistan

Rushing through the steep rocky gorge, the Indus River brings precious water from some of the world’s largest glaciers to the narrow valleys below formed by the tributaries of the Indus. This is the Kohistan District of northern Pakistan that borders Afghanistan. This rushing river is useless for irrigation, but its tributaries can be channeled into kuhls which are used to irrigate the terraced fields.

The Kohistani people of this region number about 40,000, and for years they have lived this way, raising one annual crop of barley, wheat, maize, millet, or rice supplemented with products from their dairy goats and cattle. They transfer livestock from one grazing ground to another with the changing seasons.

Only in the winter do they live in their villages. The opening of the Karakoram Highway following the Indus River Valley has had a great economic impact on the Kohistanis’ lives, but it has also given access to the dominant Pushtuns from the south who tend to direct the Kohistanis’ local affairs, causing resentment. The Kohistanis, though Muslims, still have many pre-Islamic beliefs, and some tribes practice shamanism, living in fear of an unseen world of demons and gods. Pakistan is closed to evangelistic mission work, but there are local believers there.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that some will gain a vision to see the people of the Kohistan reached with the gospel. Pray for linguists to translate God’s Word into each of the local Kohistani dialects.-JS

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