Daily Topic for November 29, 2009
God hears the prayers of His children, and He regards them as being like fragrant incense. The bowls are being filled, but there are still some who are not praying, because they don’t yet know their redeemer. That includes many of Central Asia’s smaller people groups. Perhaps God is waiting for their prayers before He will pour out the incense onto the nations.
Pray for these Central Asian tribes to soon know Him, so they can do their part in filling the bowls of fragrant incense.
Due to various instances of ethnic cleansing, there are now three million Bosniaks living in Turkey. Having been forced out of their homeland of Bosnia, many have made Turkey their new home.
Bosniaks are Slavic in origin and Muslim by tradition. Their folklore dates back to the 15th century, and contains a mix of elements from Slavic and Oriental sources. Two significant characters in their stories are the trickster and the hero. There are stories of fairies, as well as stories dealing with particular bridges, fountains and natural sites in Bosnia.
In Turkey, most Bosniaks live in the Marmara Region in northwestern Turkey. The largest concentration is in Istanbul, with notable populations in Izmir, Edime, and Bursa. Turkey boasts the largest number of Bosniak immigrants and descendants of Bosniaks. Historians believe that many aspects of their Bosniak identity have been lost due to Turkish assimilation laws during the 19th and 20th centuries. Immigrants were required to change their names to Turkish or Turkish sounding ones.
Most Bosniaks are Sunni Muslim, but there are some who are atheists, agnostics, and deists. The years of communism in Eastern Europe served to move many of them away from any sort of religious belief.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God’s servants will connect relationally with Bosniaks in Turkey. Pray for spiritual release for the Bosniaks in Turkey.-JR