Daily Topic for March 08, 2009

Mk. 1:15
"'The time has come,' He said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'"

Jesus is announcing a new era. He is ushering in the Kingdom of God. Our response should be to repent and believe the good news in such a way that it leads to a new life that will draw others to Him. This is exactly what we are calling the unreached Hindus, Buddhists, animists and Muslims to do. Your prayers are a part of extending His Kingdom. What a joy and a privilege!

Pray for His Kingdom to extend into the hearts of the unreached nations!

Bagulal People

The Bagulal people are isolated, and nearly extinct, with no written language. They call themselves “Bogatyri” meaning “heroes.” These Sunni Muslims need a true hero! The Bagulals are nearly cut off from the rest of the world by the high mountains of Dagestan. As of 1926, there were only about 3,000 Bagulals in existence. Their isolation is so complete that each village speaks a slightly different dialect of their local language. During the Soviet Era, the Russians saw no future for the Bagulals as a nation, and saw no reason to educate them in their own language, so they imposed the tongue of the more numerous Avar people on them. Avar became the language of education, and the original Bagulal language and culture nearly vanished.

The Bagulals are a rugged Caucasian race with dark complexions and large, broad faces. They were caught in the middle of an often violent convergence of two major religions: Islam moving north, and Orthodox Christianity spreading east from Georgia. Their violent history might explain why single men between 18 and 40 still engage in war games each spring. Farming is difficult due to the rugged terrain and cold climate, so shepherding and some trading are their primary sources of income.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send workers who are willing to learn their complex heart language, live in their rugged and isolated terrain, and tell them about Jesus, their true hero and Savior.-CH

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