Daily Topic for November 14, 2008
There are many ways to communicate the gospel. Yesterday we discussed the power of music and worship in reaching the unreached. But today we come across an exhortation to give your testimony. Anyone can tell others of what God has done for them. And He has done so much! Where do you begin? When do you begin? How about today?
Pray that many thousands will give their testimonies to the unreached peoples this very year. Pray that God will give the Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus ears to hear when His children give their testimonies.
The refugee family from Iran led their carpet-laden donkeys to the small town marketplace in Turkey. The carpets had distinct red and blue diamond patterns. The buyer smiled when the father spread out his wares for him to see. “You must be Herkis. Only Herkis weave rugs of this design.” The buyer pulled out his wallet and gave the father many large bills. The buyer knew he’d get a good price for these carpets in Istanbul where Herki carpets were in big demand.
The Herkis are a subgroup of the Kurdish people group cluster. Most of them live in eastern Turkey, but a few still live in Iran. During the 1980s many Herkis were pressured to leave by Iran’s Shi’ite Persian majority. After moving to Turkey, many Herki families sold the carpets they had woven to get the money needed to start new lives. Seeing what kind of prices the refugees were getting, Turkish Herkis also began weaving similar types of rugs. Most Herkis are Sunni Muslims and there have been few efforts to reach them for Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Herki Kurds will realize that Jesus Christ is the true source of salvation. Ask God to mobilize the right mission agency to reach out to this neglected people group. May the Herkis realize that their true home waits for them in heaven, and not in Iran or Turkey.-WK