Daily Topic for November 24, 2008
None of us can fully fathom all that the Lord has done. Let’s face it, we can’t even fathom one light year, let alone trillions of them! But we take it by faith that He is the creator, and we can trust His guidance and wisdom. What a privilege it is to worship such an awesome God! As you worship Him, remember to pray for those who have forgotten the guidance of their creator, and have settled for less.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to direct the unreached to see His handiwork, and worship their creator.
When a Dungan comes to follow Jesus, he has a lot to lose. Most costly is the loss of the social and economic safety net of his whole family. To a Dungan, even the extended family will go to great lengths to supply a need. But if one turns to Jesus, that one is shunned and labeled as a traitor to Islam. Out of 110,000 Dungan of Kyrgyzstan, fewer than 50 have come to the Savior. And of the Dungan of Kazakhstan there are fewer than 100 known believers.
The Dungan are primarily farmers, but they are considered more wealthy than other ethnic groups as they have plenty of meat and vegetables. And still others are involved in opium production. Interethnic conflict has been another problem in recent years. The Kyrgyz complain that the Dungan exploit cheap Kyrgyz labor, and bribe officials to get access to scarce resources, including prime agricultural land as well as lucrative vending spots at local markets. This sometimes leads to violence, although both ethnicities have formerly lived peaceably for decades. Teenagers in rural areas lack opportunities for education and job training, so they often get involved in racketeering and stealing, which only exacerbates the problem. The Dungan people seem indifferent to all religion until middle-age.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will give creative ideas and strategies to workers among them to win the young generation to Christ. Pray for Dungan leaders to put their faith in Christ, paving the way for a people movement to Him.-MH