Daily Topic for November 10, 2009
The small people groups like the Kohistanis certainly feel like they live at “the ends of the earth.” From remote valleys and dry, rocky terrain, God alone is their hope. The Kohistani people, who regularly face a lack of water for their needs, lack the hope that you and I share.
Pray that the Kohistani people will have the physical water they need, and, more importantly, the Water of Life, who offers hope to the world.
“Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full” (Luke 14:23, NIV). Jesus saw the highways of his time as a venue of opportunity to reach the previously uninvited or uninterested masses with his gospel of salvation. A new highway in the Swat Valley of northern Pakistan may provide a similar opportunity for the Kohistanis to hear the gospel. The Karakoram Highway that follows the Indus River Valley has had the greatest economic impact on Kohistani society. Although this road-building project is providing greater opportunity for this formerly oppressed rural people, it also encourages the influx of the Pushtuns and their Taliban militants from the south who have long dominated the Kohistanis.
Thought to be the original people of Swat Valley, the Kohistanis are among many people suffering from the Taliban fighting raging in this area and in neighboring Afghanistan where many Kohistanis live.
Although technically Sunni Muslim since AD 1000 the Kohistanis still practice a form of folk Islam that includes shamanism. The Kohistanis depend on shamans to cure the sick by magic and placating unseen spirits. None of the Kohistani tribes have the Scriptures in their language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that this new highway will aid laborers willing to invest long term service on behalf of the Kohistanis. Pray for the Word to be translated into their language. Pray for God to send medical teams and humanitarian workers to minister to the Kohistanis.-JS