Daily Topic for December 28, 2008

Ps. 105:1
"Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His Name; make known among the nations what He has done."

If you want to know what God has done, read the Bible through! Next, reflect upon His creation surrounding you. Then look at history, and see His hand moving upon men and nations to fulfill His purposes. Read books and periodicals to marvel at those new things He is revealing to men from His treasures of wisdom. Finally, search your heart and meditate upon His work in you. You should find within yourself a threefold response to what you have seen and learned-the same threefold response the psalmist gave: gratitude, prayer, and a passion that these things be proclaimed to all. Do not be disobedient to the heavenly vision. Go and make Him known. Join His host of prayer warriors.

Praise Him without ceasing this coming year!

Georgian Jews in Israel

“The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord will drive you” (Deut. 4:27, NIV). God’s two-sided declaration runs throughout Scripture: if His people are obedient, they will be blessed; if they stray from Him and His commands, they will be driven from their homeland. As testimony to God’s faithfulness, we see this promise fulfilled in the history of Israel. Until l948, the Jews were indeed “scattered among the peoples.” Yet in that year, God performed an unprecedented miracle, reestablishing them as a nation.

Among those returning to Israel have been the Jews of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Though leaders in Israel continue to actively seek unity between the many immigrant groups, country of origin has proved to be a strong, common bond. Thus the Georgian Jews, like so many other “newcomers,” have developed into an ethnic group of their own.

Reaching Georgian Jews, as well as other Israelis, will require communicating the good news in a culturally sensitive way that takes into account their traditions and the language of their former homeland.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for mission agencies to invest in the research necessary to effectively preach and demonstrate the gospel to Georgian Jews in Israel. Ask God to raise up missionaries who will be sensitive to the uniqueness of this ethnic group and willing to invest themselves in fruitful incarnational ministry.-CL

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