Daily Topic for November 17, 2009

Psalms 67:4
"May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth."

As a follower of Christ, you know that the nations urgently need to hear of His justice, mercy and salvation. But as the father of modern missions, William Carey, pointed out over 200 years ago, most people don’t have a choice to choose Christ. For centuries their forefathers have offered them something other than God’s perfect ways. Isn’t it only right that peoples like the Inghilois have the chance to be glad and sing for joy to the One who rules justly and guides the nations? Don’t they have the right to worship the only One worthy of our praise? Don’t we owe them that chance?

Pray that God’s rule will soon extend to the unreached Inghiloi people.

Inghiloi People of Azerbaijan

Georgian-speaking Azerbaijanis fall into two groups: Yereti Georgians who are Orthodox Christians; and the Inghiloi, who are Shi’ite Muslims. Of these, the Inghilois are what the late Dr. Ralph D. Winter once called “hidden peoples,” that is, peoples who are out of sight of missiologists and the Church at large. The Inghilois are apparently unknown even to students of Islam because they are not in Weekes’ global survey, Muslim Peoples. They are truly a hidden people. We usually now use the term “unreached” people groups, since some groups lack a gospel witness whether or not they are on any missionary’s radar screen.

Education in Azerbaijan is provided in the national language of Azerbaijani, but also in Georgian and Russian. The Bible is available in all three languages. Thanks to education and commerce, many Inghilois are bi- or multilingual. However, Azerbaijani is increasingly the preferred language among the Inghilois.

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Pray that the Inghilois will no longer be hidden to the Church; they are not hidden from God. Pray that the Georgian Orthodox Church gets a vision for reaching Muslim Inghilois with the gospel of Christ. Pray that Muslim Inghilois will want to read the Bible and that God’s Word will bear fruit to eternal life in them. Pray for more Christian radio broadcasts in the Azerbaijani language.-TP

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