Daily Topic for October 14, 2009
Though there are many ways that Bangladesh does not parallel the nation of Israel, there are some common denominators. God saw fit to allow this nation to escape from the oppression of both the British Empire and Pakistan. Certainly He loves Bangladesh!
Pray that when the Bangladeshis celebrate their independence each August, that they will give thanks to the Sovereign God who controls the destiny of nations. Pray that they will demonstrate their thanks by giving Him their hearts and seeking to obey and serve Him alone.
The Pushtuns (or Pathans) are perhaps the most war-like peoples on earth. Some 156,000 of them live in Bangladesh, though most live in either Pakistan or Afghanistan. According to legend, they are descendents of Afghana, the grandson of King Saul. They consist of about 60 tribes, each with its own territory. They are known as fierce warriors, excellent marksmen and strong defenders of their territories. In some remote areas, rifles, pistols, knives, and other weapons are considered essential items of dress.
Extended Pushtun families live in fortified residences. A huge wall in the middle of the home separates the general living areas from the private areas. They live by a distinct code of ethics, known as “Pushtunwali”-the way of the Pushtun. Some of its principles are: the rightness of blood feuds or revenge; bravery; defense of property and honor; and defense of one’s women. The Joshua Project website states: “Since their entire way of life is opposed to change, the Pushtuns present one of the strongest challenges to the Christian Church today.” Almost all Pushtuns are Sunni Muslims, and very dedicated to Islam, though some of their cultural practices take precedent over the teachings of the Koran.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for teams of prayer warriors to break up the ground to make a way for a thriving Pushtun Church. Pray the Holy Spirit would convict them of their sin, and lead them to the cross.-JWS