Daily Topic for March 10, 2010
It would be way too easy for people in a war-torn land like Ossetia to gloat when their enemies falter. But God makes it clear that such an attitude will turn His wrath towards the mocker.
Pray for God to heal the land of Ossetia and the people who do not know the spiritual damage they do when they live by strife and hatred.
“They call us Ossetians, but we call ourselves ‘irons’ or ‘Digorans,’” the bent and gnarled grandfather explained to the small boy clinging to his hand as they picked their way across the war rubble that littered their town. “Our village used to be beautiful, but in August 2008 the world watched on their TV boxes while Georgian and Russian troops, tanks, and planes invaded our land while we hid our heads.” The boy nodded, remembering the terror.
North and South Ossetia, provinces of Russia and Georgia respectively, are very strategic sites for both Russia and the West. Oil pipelines and transportation routes are considered valuable and are guarded carefully. The fighting between Russia and Georgia in August of 2008 supports this. The northern Ossetians are content to be part of Russia, but the south contains separatists intent on independence. The people have been mostly Eastern Orthodox since the sixth century, but Islam penetrated into Ossetia in the 17th century. At this time there are less than two percent Evangelicals in Ossetia.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the salvation of the Ossetians, knowing that they are known and loved by God and He wants none of them to perish. Pray that whole families and clans will turn to Christ and know Him personally. Pray that Christ will be remembered and that the Holy Spirit will multiply the believers and purify their belief from pagan creeds and traditions. Pray that the light of the gospel will penetrate the hearts of the Ossetian people.