Daily Topic for March 18, 2009

Luke 8:4-15
"While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, He told this parable: 'A farmer went out to sow his seed.'"

Wherever you are in your walk with Christ and in your commitment to the cause of proclaiming Him among the nations, carefully consider this parable. What kind of soil are you? You have read of God’s concern for the nations. Is this word bouncing off you like the seed bounced off the road? Are you rocky soil, becoming excited about missions only once a year at a missionary conference? Will your present commitment to mission be choked by the pleasures and riches of which Jesus spoke? Or will you let your vision grow and multiply as you share it with other Christians, and will you reproduce your life by giving it away for the sake of others?

Pray that we will be “good soil” in which the “seed” of His Word produces much fruit for His glory.

Karachai People

The Karachai (Karachay) people are a testament to mankind’s will to survive. Their history includes being driven into the Caucasus Mountains by invading Mongols, being converted to Islam by the Kabard people, engaging in bloody revolts against Russia, fleeing the repression of the Russian army, having their homeland occupied by Germany, and being deported to Central Asia by Josef Stalin.

If God did not have a plan for the Karachais, they certainly would not have persevered through these and other violent acts. But He does, in fact, have a plan for them. In Acts, Paul explains that God made all the nations, “having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitations (their settlements, lands, and abodes), so that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him…” (Acts. l7:26,27 Amplified).

His purpose in creating and sustaining the Karachais through all manner of opposition is to have a relationship with them. He has continued to pursue them and wants to make known to them the salvation available in Jesus Christ. At present, however, there are no known believers and no mission agencies targeting this people group.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to assign laborers to the Karachais; servants who will faithfully share the gospel with them and demonstrate His love in Christ’s ministry. Pray for Karachai hearts to be open to His call to fellowship and eternal life.-CL

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