Daily Topic for March 20, 2010
Like it or not, the Kabardin people live in a land where strife and violence are a daily threat. For many Muslim peoples, it is considered to be a source of honor to pay back blow with blow. But the Bible says that it is a source of honor to avoid strife.
Pray that the Kabardin people will soon experience the honor of obeying the Lord by avoiding the strife they see all around them.
The Kabardins live with violence and instability. Numbering over 520,000 in Russia, they are almost inaccessible due to politics, culture, geography, and linguistic complexity. Yet God wants to reach this Sunni folk-Islamic people with a gospel that can speak to their hearts and give them peace and stability, if only they will let Him!
In the 18th century, a number of Kabardin people in what is now North Ossetia-Alania became Orthodox Christians. Their conversion, however, may have been a “conversion of convenience” for land and status in Czarist Russia. Today’s Orthodox Kabardins need to be studied and discipled.
Despite their enforced uniformity and conservatism, the Kabardins are hospitable, friendly, dependent upon and respectful of God. They sense His sovereignty, although they are ignorant of His grace and agape love. In their shame/honor society, they need to know that Jesus bore their shame on the cross.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that missionaries will become friends with someone within the Kabardin community who can open their society to Christ’s ambassadors. Pray for the Bible to be translated into their language. Pray for revival and discipleship of the Orthodox Kabardins so they can effectively reach out to the Muslim Kabardins. Pray that both Orthodox and Muslim Kabardins will sense God’s grace and agape love.