Daily Topic for December 21, 2008

Luke 2:8
"There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby.... An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them."

Again we can see God’s focus on the insignificant and weak people of society. God determined to first send His angels to these humble shepherds in the fields rather than to reveal His glory to the proud religious leaders in the Temple. How quickly those shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to see Christ the Lord! Thousands of peoples today are equally eager to respond to the Good News. Will we give them the chance to hear?

Pray that the Father will help us to expect great things from Him as we attempt great things for Him! Pray that we will never see anyone as being to insignificant to hear the gospel.

Domari Gypsies in Israel

Did you ever have the feeling that you don’t “fit in?” Consider the Domari Gypsies in Israel. Originally from India, yet speaking the Iranian dialect called Domari they have moved from country to country trying to find a place of peace in which to live. In Israel they live mainly in Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza. They are mostly Muslim, but they blend Islam with belief in ghosts, fear of lizards and snakes, and mystical Gypsy traditions such as the “evil eye.”

Openly shunned and persecuted, education has been rare for them as teachers and other students mistreat the Gypsy children who generally drop out by age 12. Health care is almost non-existent. Although some have settled into villages, most are nomadic, roaming the countryside in caravans, selling their wares and expertise as sheep shearers.

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Pray for a strong witness for Christ to arise among the 2000 Domaris in Israel. Pray that the handful of rejected Domari believers will lovingly and faithfully witness to their families and friends with a covering of godly protection and encouragement from the Lord. Pray that Christian workers will be called by God to raise up fellowships specific to the Domari people and that their desperate need for education and health care might be an opening of contact to introduce the Domari people to the Savior. Ask God to take authority over the spiritual principalities and powers which have kept the Middle Eastern Domari Gypsies away from Him.-PE

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