Daily Topic for March 07, 2010
Farming peoples like the Avars understand how essential the condition of the soil can be. Hard or rocky soil can prevent a good crop. What kind of soil will workers find in the homeland of the Avar peoples?
Pray that each Avar subgroup will be receptive, good soil when they hear of the Savior.
In a mountain valley in the Caucasus Mountains the Avar farmer hoed the ground. The soil was thin and he turned up numerous rocks as he prepared the field for spring planting. Being a farmer was a hard life. Only 15 percent of the land in the Avar homeland is suitable for farming. Being a Muslim, the farmer had never read the Bible, so he’d never heard of the Parable of the Sower. Many previous Christian missionaries have found the Avars to be “rocky ground.” In years past the Avars haven’t been open to the message of salvation.
At one time the Caucasus region was ruled by empires that had a Christian witness. Then the Arabs, and later the Mongols, conquered this region and introduced Islam to the Avars. Even after the Avars began converting to Islam, some resisted. Some of these people were Christians. There were several bloody rebellions, which were brutally crushed. By the time the Russians conquered the Avar homeland in 1874 there were no Christians left among this people group.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Holy Spirit would miraculously turn this rocky soil into good soil that Christ can penetrate. Pray that Russia would ease the restrictions placed on missionaries attempting to operate in the Caucasus Mountains. Pray that workers will soon go to the Avar homeland with the JESUS Film in a language the Avar people can understand.