Daily Topic for March 12, 2010
Ironically, it was the Communists who accused “religious” people of providing a hope that only comes in the afterlife. Today we are seeing an example of how the Communists prevented hope from coming to the Ingush people in this life. But a true hope for any believer is one that includes a hope for this life and for the life to come.
Pray for the Ingush people to soon put their hope in Christ, the One who came to offer them life more abundantly.
Life for the peoples of the Caucasus Region is difficult, but for the Ingush people, it is like a Shakespearean tragedy! During World War II, they were accused of supporting the Nazis, and deported en masse to Kazakhstan and Siberia, losing an estimated two-thirds of their population along the way. After years in exile, they were allowed to return home in 1958, only to find their land had been settled by others, and part of their region had been transferred to North Ossetia.
After returning home, they faced considerable opposition and animosity from the Ossetians, which came to a head in late October 1992, when a violent conflict forced tens of thousands of Ingush people from their homes yet again. As a result of the hostility, many now live in various towns and villages, including the war torn city of Grozny. In spite of a life of continual hardship, the Ingush still possess a rich history of art, music, dancing, wood carving, and storytelling.
Another storyteller of proverbs who lived close to 3000 years ago said, “Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12). Who will tell this predominantly Islamic people of the great hope they can have in Christ Jesus?Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Ingush people will soon find hope in Christ. Pray for God to raise up a community of Ingush believers to share that hope with their own people.