Daily Topic for April 15, 2010

Matthew 27:55-56a
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for His needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene…

It is a very sad thing when a woman loses all of her dignity and falls into prostitution. But such women, like the one we read about today, can find comfort in the fact that one of Jesus’ key followers was Mary Magdalene, a former prostitute. Though one might lose their family and community because of this degrading profession, there is always room for repentance at the cross!

Pray that the Muslim Azerbaijanis will find that in Christ, there is always room for one more sinner at the foot of the cross.

Azerbaijanis in Berlin

by NW

Long ago Nasiba left her home in Azerbaijan expecting a better life in Berlin. She thought, “This city will be the place where my dreams will come true.” Instead, she ended up struggling to provide for herself. Her Muslim faith did not prepare her for life in Berlin.

Within a short time Nasiba found herself living the secret life of a prostitute. This way of life was unacceptable to her family and her community. When the Shi’ite Muslims in her neighborhood found out about her secret life she was in danger. If she desired to stay in Berlin, the only thing left for her to do was to leave her community and live in the streets. She packed one small bag and quietly left her home in the middle of the night. She knew she would never return to the Muslim community she loved.

Though the Azerbaijanis are not the only ones to deal with prostitution and other vices, it is especially difficult for them. Their women are expected to display the virtue of their Shi’ite Muslim religion. Ironically, this is the branch of Islam that allows for a “temporary” marriage, which is a thinly veiled form of prostitution

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Pray for Azerbaijani women living in darkness in the streets of Berlin. Ask the Lord to send Christians who will share with them the life-giving message of Christ and assist them in finding the abundant life that He intends for them.

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