Daily Topic for December 23, 2009
This verse goes on in verse 17 to say that grace and truth came through the Christ, born on Christmas. Many religious leaders claim to show the right way to live. Jesus actually did show the way to live, and He did much more. Focus on the word blessing for a minute. The birth of Jesus opened the door to the blessing of salvation for all nations. Now that is something to celebrate this Christmas!
Pray that you will remember His salvation as you celebrate His birth this month. Pray that this blessing of salvation will reach Urdu speaking Pakistani Muslims wherever they live.
The word “urdu” means “camp” or “horde.” There are no Urdu people in Saudi Arabia. Technically, the Urdu do not even exist. That’s because Urdu is technically not a people group designation. It is a language, spoken mainly in Pakistan and northern India. However, some Urdu speakers have migrated to Saudi Arabia. Like the Urdu speakers in South Asia, those in Saudi Arabia comprise a wide variety of social levels, from the poor to the rich, the highly educated to illiterate manual laborers.
The one thing Urdu speakers have in common is their religion: they are nearly l00 percent Muslim. Yet they follow many sects and are often at odds with one another.
Even in an Islamic nation like Saudi Arabia, Urdu speakers face discrimination as a minority. Some employers treat them like slaves, and thousands have been imprisoned and deported for various crimes. Each year, dozens are sentenced to death by beheading for violating Islamic law.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for this people group to find its identity in Jesus Christ. Pray for them to set up camp in the Kingdom of God. Ask God to reveal to Urdu speakers His plan and purpose for them. Pray for workers who will demonstrate His love in ways the Urdu speakers can hear, understand, and respond to, both in South Asia and in Saudi Arabia.-CL