Daily Topic for November 27, 2009

Psalms 119: 36-37
"Turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things..."

Selfish gain. Those two words can sum up the activities of sinful mankind since the beginning of sin! Perhaps the Kurdish peoples have been even more exposed to those who seek selfish gain than most of us. Their ancestors endured the brutality of the Ottomans, the Mongols and many other empires. But here, the Bible implies that selfish gain is “worthless.”

Pray that the Herki Kurds will gain God’s wisdom to seek His statutes rather than selfish gain or anything else that is worthless in the eyes of God. Pray that many will soon seek first His Kingdom and righteousness.

Herki Kurds in Turkey

The Herki Kurdish family heard distant gunfire as they watched Turkish army trucks roar toward the border with Iraq. The father shook his head, realizing that fanatics among his people had started trouble in the border region where several guerilla groups have their headquarters. These groups were fighting to liberate Kurdish lands from Iraqi and Turkish rule. The family went home and resumed sewing carpets on hand looms, hoping that the Kurdish militants would stay out of their neighborhood.

After being forced out of Iran during the 1980s, most Herki Kurds now live in Turkey. In Turkey they have become famous for the multi-colored carpets they weave. High prices for these carpets allowed them to make a smooth transition to life in a new country. But those prices have dropped in recent years. Some Herki Kurds have moved to various major cities in search of jobs.

There is only a handful of believers among these Sunni Muslims, and they don’t yet have their own Bible.

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Ask God to lead an agency to start translation work for the Herki Kurds. Pray that the few Herki believers will be empowered to take the message of salvation to their people. Ask God to open the door for Christian community development workers to operate among the Herki Kurds, and help them find new markets for their carpets.-WK

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