Daily Topic for March 31, 2010
Philip asked the Ethiopian (probably a Gentile proselyte) if he understood what he was reading, and the man admitted that he did not. Many valuable literature and radio ministries are being conducted today among some of the world’s unreached peoples. But small unreached people groups like the Nenets often have the same problem as the Ethiopian eunuch: they need further face-to-face explanation of what they read and hear. The Great Commission is a call for God’s people to live among peoples isolated from such opportunities.
Pray for more face-to-face laborers who will begin from the Scriptures and preach Jesus to unreached peoples.
It’s one of the coldest places in the world. Russia sent many prisoners to this area to work. The Komi district of northern Russia near the Arctic Circle is an inhospitable place to live; but this is also a region where New Testament Church (NTC) missionaries are spreading the gospel, planting new churches, and demonstrating the compassion and love of Christ.
This tundra area is where an indigenous people called the Nenets live. Their lifestyle revolves around herding reindeer and breeding Samoyed dogs used to help herd the reindeer and pull sleds. Alcoholism is a serious problem as well as unemployment, but the NTC missionaries have successfully been able to reach them. They visit these tent-dwelling nomadic people to teach and disciple them. To do so, they must rent an off-road vehicle with large tires that enables them to navigate through deep snow in the winter and swamps in the summer.
One missionary sent out by NTC has started a church in the largest city, Syktyvkar, with 200 members. NTC has started 10 churches in different cities. They are also working with the homeless and unemployed. They have soup kitchens that give the homeless one hot meal a day.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Thank the Lord for this effort to glorify Christ’s Name. Pray for spiritual receptivity among the Nenet people. Pray also that believers will remain strong in their faith.