Daily Topic for March 15, 2009
Without the humanly impossible kind of obedience that comes only from the Holy Spirit, teachers and disciples will both fall into a pit. Religious leaders often teach good morals. If you read Buddhist teachings, for example, you will find many good moral laws that agree with biblical teachings. These are rules to follow, but there is no spiritual transformation for the disciple.
Pray that Buddhists will understand that they need the power of the Holy Spirit to have true spiritual transformation that will lead to obedience and eternal salvation.
The Kumyk people have a Christian background, but many of those from the upper class were once Jewish! Between the eighth and 12th centuries, Sunni Islam slowly made inroads among them, and they have not looked back. Their Islam, however, includes a number of pre-Islamic and even pre-Christian elements. Indeed, much of their pre-Islamic folklore and social structure persists. Out of some 300,000 Kumyk people, fewer than 40 are followers of Christ.
Their claims to fame are their literary accomplishments and their folklore. Kumyk literature began to develop during the 14th and 15th centuries, and hit its peak at the turn of the 19th century. Even to this day, the Kumyks are highly respected by the neighboring peoples.
The Kumyks are spread out throughout the Muslim regions of southern Russia, including Chechnya and Dagestan. Although they speak a Turkic language, they are probably indigenous to the region, which was annexed by Russia in 1867. Under Russia, their Western Turkic Altaic language has become a minority tongue. They are economically integrated into Russia’s economy, except for those in Chechnya and along the Georgia border due to military occupation.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for more of the Bible to be available in their language, and for Christian radio broadcasts in the Kumyk language. Pray that the few Kumyk believers will be witnesses to their friends and relatives. Pray for missionaries to evangelize them.-TP