Daily Topic for November 04, 2010
How many people in the world still haven’t heard of the Lord Jesus? That is very difficult to say—the Bible is translated into languages that more than 90 percent of the world speaks; Christian radio broadcasts blanket the earth; only isolated groups have never heard anything about Jesus. But there are nearly 10,000 groups who don’t yet have a fellowship of their own, that is, in their own language or cultural sphere. Their ability to “hear” the gospel would be greatly improved if they could see a body of believers in operation.
Pray that these groups may hear about Christ within their own culture!
Just because someone lives in the American state of Texas does not necessarily mean they are a Texan. Some residents have migrated from other states and even other nations. While the label “Texan” is a point of pride to some, it could be an inaccuracy to others.
Such is the case with the Shugnan-Rushan Shughni people. Yes, they live in Tajikistan. And yes, most of them speak Tajik in order to do business. But they are not Tajiks! They are a distinct subgroup of the Shughnis (see day 10) with their own language, customs and religion. Unlike the Tajiks, who practice Sunni Islam, the Shughnis are Shi’ite Muslims.
Sharing the gospel with this unique, unreached people group will require a special strategy. Not only are they Shi’ite Muslims living in the remote recesses of the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, but they have no Bible available in their heart language. And even if translation work begins today, there is still the problem of illiteracy. Less than 15 percent of them can read.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask the Lord to reveal His plans and purposes for the Shugnan-Rushan Shughnis, along with a means of communicating the gospel to them in a way they can hear, understand and respond to. Pray for churches to adopt this people group for prayer.