Daily Topic for March 11, 2009

Mk. 16:15, 16
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

In other words, Jesus is telling us to go and do what He Himself was sent to do. He came into this world as one of us, was baptized and lived among His own. He gave us a pattern of how we are to live among those to whom He sends us, that they may believe and be saved. This Great Commission is to “all the world,” even “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8), to the unreached peoples who have not yet heard.

Pray that the Father will send many workers to them so that some from every people group may hear and believe.

Tabasaran People

The linguist was amazed as the old villager shared much of his people’s customs and beliefs. In his efforts to translate some Scriptures into the Tabasaran language, he learned of the very tumultuous history these people have had through the centuries.

The Tabasaran people of southern Dagestan are considered the first indigenous people of the rugged, mountainous Caucasus region. Although they have been Sunni Muslims since the Arab invasions in the 8th and 9th centuries, historically they were animists who worshipped many spirits and deities. Surprisingly there were even traces of early Christian elements in their culture.

Through the ages the Tabasarans have repelled many foreign invaders. Even the Soviets failed in their Russification. The Tabasarans simply refused to participate in programs to relocate them out of the highlands and into lowland towns and collective farms. The approximately 130,000 Tabasarans, although fluent in Russian, have maintained their own language, and they have had their own written language since 1932.

These fiercely independent people are skilled artisans, noted for their embroidery and carpets. They are also skilled in silver and copper-smithing. A few expatriates in the U.S. have become believers and hope to return to their people to share their faith.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to empower them to do this humanly impossible task. Pray for linguists to translate the Bible into Tabasarantsy. Pray that the JESUS Film will be made available to the Tabasaran people.-JS

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