Daily Topic for March 23, 2009

John 4:35
"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes, and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."

Jesus likened the spiritual responsiveness of the Samaritan woman and her community to fields ripe for immediate harvest by alert workers. These words to His disciples are still applicable for us today. Can we see? Are our eyes opened? Fields are ripe for the harvest. Surely today, in analyzing the responsiveness of our world to the gospel, in realizing that the numbers of evangelical Christians are growing at a faster rate than those of non-Christians, we must recognize the spiritual receptivity of hundreds upon hundreds of human societies. Are we eagerly looking for ripe harvests, or do they catch us unaware?

Pray that the Church’s eyes will be open to see how to bring in the complete harvest.

Rutul People

How would you like to deal with summer weather that includes fog, rain, and snowy mountain passes? The 30,000 Rutuls are a hardy people who deal with very cold winters and cool summers. They live in the high Caucasus Mountains, specifically in the valley areas near the Samur River which flows through the southern area of Dagestan.

The Rutuls are primarily involved in sheep and cattle breeding. They grow spring and winter wheat, along with rye, barley and millet. The Rutuls are quite artistic with their wool carpets and ornamented socks, which are produced commercially.

Until 1990, the Rutul language was never written. Those who use Rutul also typically use Russian, Azerbaijani, and/or Lezgian.

Islam became widespread among the Rutuls during the 10th and 11th centuries, evidenced by the construction of mosques and the placement of Muslim religious leaders in each settlement. They are nearly 100 percent Muslim. Most Rutul people also practice nature cults, hunting and fertility cults, and animal worship, though Islam forbids such practices.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask the Lord to break through the deceptive barrier of Islam and nature worship among the Rutuls. Pray that they will have eyes to see and ears to hear what Christ has for them. Pray that He will send His workers into the harvest of the Rutuls.-JR

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