Daily Topic for March 19, 2010
Small people groups like the Tsezs must learn many other languages to communicate with their more numerous neighbors. None of the peoples of this diverse region have the entire Bible in their own language. They cannot read or hear the “flawless” words of the Lord. How can they take refuge in Him without His Word?
Pray that the flawless word of God will soon come to the Tsez people and their neighbors.
At 15 years old, Shamil already understands three languages. He used the Avar language in the first five years of school. Then the system switched to Russian for the remaining years. His parents and grandparents speak Tsez at home, and this is his heart language. That language has not been converted to written form yet. At this point in time, all Tsez history and legends come to him orally.
Census counts indicate more than 20,000 Tsez people live in southern Dagestan, in the Russian Federation. They live among steep rugged mountains that isolate them from outsiders. They practice Sunni Islam and share many cultural practices with neighboring groups.
Among the nearby groups, the Bezhtas have a similar language in a written form. They received a copy of the Gospel of Luke in their own language in 2000. Shamil has seen this special book. Now he wants one in his own language. The Institute for Bible Translating indicates that this project is already underway.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the translation of the Tsez language will progress smoothly. Pray that gospel portions into Tsez will accurately reveal the saving message of Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare Tsez people to receive the Word when His story is told in their language.