Daily Topic for July 17, 2009

Titus 1:7b
"... he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent..."

Though this is a partial list of what is expected of a church elder, it applies to the Church in Mongolia in every way. One of the biggest problem they face in Mongolia is alcohol abuse, which is destroying thousands of families. Alcohol abuse is a terrible witness of Christ’s character.

Pray that Christian men in Mongolia will abandon alcohol abuse, and live as they should to glorify God’s Name. Pray that they will experience the sufficiency of the Holy Spirit to conquer every temptation.

Muslim Kazakhs in Mongolia

Images of proud nomadic Kazakhs have long stirred the imaginations of the world. Being the rulers of vast, open grasslands, they lived as they pleased, and moved their livestock whenever and wherever they pleased. The Kazakhs loved their freedom, and still do. About half the Kazakh population was killed during the Russian Civil War of the 1920s and 1930s. Many then fled to Mongolia and became stock breeders. They raise sheep, goats and some cattle. Many also have horses, but only for prestige.

Horses represent the key to freedom to Kazakhs. Even their economy and wealth are based on the number of horses they own. When a young couple gets married, the bride price is often paid in horses. The Kazakhs usually live in extended families, with parents, married sons and their families, and unmarried siblings as well.

During the summer months they live in round tents called yurts or gers. These tents are very portable, making them suitable to a nomadic lifestyle. In the winter months the Kazakhs live in adobe houses. In the 16th century they embraced Islam, so today there are very few Evangelicals. Due to their nomadic, pastoral lifestyle, Kazakhs have kept an epic tradition of oral history. Even today, they have an aversion to books, so cross-cultural workers must find ways to use stories and dramas to teach biblical truths.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that radio, evangelistic films, gospel recordings, skits, stories and other oral methods of spreading the gospel will move far and wide in Kazakh communities.-MH

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