Daily Topic for April 02, 2010
The Lord wept at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:35). He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). He suffered distress of spirit over men’s hardness of heart (Mark 3:5). Do you think He is grieved today because “all the earth” does not fear Him, that “all the people of the world” do not yet revere Him? He bore sin’s penalty—death on a cross—for each one! Think of it—the only Son of God being brutally beaten and killed a merciless death so that God the Father can show mercy! But millions do not know this. How that must grieve Him! Does it grieve us as well?
Pray that the Holy Spirit will make you more sensitive to His yearning for the unreached. Pray that He will help us to respond to His command to go and tell the good news of His salvation.
Derwan looked at his watch, and it read 2:00 PM; another day wasted in the local teahouse with no job, no direction and no future. Several years earlier he had applied for German citizenship because he had no plans to ever return to his homeland in Turkey. Now he was thinking about returning. At least in Turkey he had family to help him find his way in life and to provide a place to live. In Berlin there are 5,000 other Zaza Alevis, but those closest to him were deported during the 1990s when they took part in a highway blockade that turned violent. They were protesting the Turkish government’s treatment of Kurds in southeastern Turkey. Now he was more or less alone, feeling like a stranger.
Derwan does not need to feel as if no one understands him. The Old and New Testaments are full of lives the same as his; never fully home in one land, but unable to go back to where they were from. People like Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Ruth, and Esther all knew his predicament. Derwan does not yet know of these names, because he has not read the Bible. There is a New Testament available in his language, but no one to take it to him. Derwan knows no true believers in Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for followers of Christ to introduce the Zaza Alevi Kurds to the Author of Life. Pray for these Kurds to have a spiritual breakthrough when they read the New Testament in their language.