Daily Topic for April 19, 2009
Acts 8:1 is just the opposite of Acts 1:8! Instead of going out voluntarily as the Lord had commanded, the church had to undergo persecution in Jerusalem that forced believers out to Judea and Samaria. Throughout history God has called His people to become missionaries by means of several mechanisms. We are most familiar with the voluntary mechanism; that is, missionaries going out voluntarily. But much of the expansion of the church has been due to the involuntary mechanism of Christians being captured or expelled against their will and coming into contact with non-believers. Acts 8 was just such a case!
Pray for discernment from the Holy Spirit.
“Asmaa, we have wonderful news! Aanisah was one of 40 students out of 350 to receive a full scholarship to Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) right here in London!” The Ismaili mother shared the news with her sister. Asmaa said, “What a blessing! Tell me more.” She replied, “Aanisah will be preparing to receive a master’s degree in teaching. She will receive a good education in Islam and the history of our people. This program has been developed with the University of London, so she will meet other students from various backgrounds. We are very proud of her and know she will work hard.”
The Shi’ite Muslim Ismailis are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse peoples living in over 25 countries. They are united in their allegiance to Prince Karim Aga Khan as the 49th hereditary imam (spiritual leader), and direct descendant of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. There are about 8,000 Ismaili Muslims in Great Britain. Education is very important to them, so they have developed several good schools like the IIS, which is in high demand by their people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that many Christian students will prepare themselves to reach these spiritually lost Ismailis with effective Christian witness in non-threatening ways. Pray that many Ismaili students in England will find Jesus to be the only One worthy of their total allegiance.-PD