Daily Topic for November 25, 2008

Psalms 119: 18
"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law."

Have you ever prayed for your eyes to be opened to know more of His ways? Your eyes have been opened to a degree, since you have accepted His lordship, yet we all have so much more to learn of Him and from Him! However, has it occurred to you that you can also pray for the eyes of the unreached people groups to be opened so that they can see wonderful things in His Word? This is one of our best things that you can pray for the nations!

As you intercede for the nations today, pray that they will see wonderful things in His Word. Pray that the Lord will remove barriers to the lost having access to His Word.

Karakalpak people of Uzbekistan

Since the 16th century, the Karakalpak people have made Uzbekistan their primary home. However, the Karakalpak people, meaning “black hat,” have not experienced very much stability or independence.

Before the Russian revolution in 1917, there was a loose alliance of Karakalpak semi-nomadic tribes. During the 1920s, the Karakalpak republic was established within Uzbekistan, a nation that became one of the Soviet Socialist Republics during that era.

Their land is virtually unarable, receiving only about 4.5 inches of rain a year. Feed crops and livestock are significant pieces of their economy. Cotton, a crop that requires a great deal of water, is their primary crop, accounting for 65 percent of the farmland and 90 percent of the country’s income. For many decades, the Soviet government took water from the tributaries of the Aral Sea in order to irrigate the cotton crops. Now, the sea has shrunk by at least 40 percent. This mismanagement and subsequent shrinkage has been called “man’s greatest ecological disaster” by the United Nations.

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Pray for God’s wisdom for the leaders and decision makers in Uzbekistan. Pray that the tragedies faced by the Karakalpak people will result in their turning to Christ for answers. Pray for Holy Spirit filled farming experts to aid the peoples of Uzbekistan with new answers to their ongoing agricultural problems.-JR

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