Daily Topic for November 23, 2010
What a note of assurance, of triumph, of victory! God’s unchangeable kingdom will last forever. These words of certain victory should encourage and strengthen us in the task of world evangelization. We do not yet see the Kingdom in its glory and power, but the Kingdom will come.
Pray that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will strengthen our hands, quicken our minds, and encourage our hearts with a vision of His victorious Kingdom.
The Tats are a rugged and resourceful people who sustain themselves with agriculture in the valleys and by shepherding in the high mountains of Azerbaijan near the Iranian border. Their two-story homes made of stone tenuously cling to the edges of the high cliffs. The upper floor is typically for dwelling, and the lower floor is for work. Education is available to boys and girls up to the age of 11, but their schools are inadequate.
They have a very strong Shi’ite Muslim tradition. Yet their religious practices are very secretive, because the Tats have long memories of intense Soviet religious persecution from the time when Azerbaijan was controlled by the USSR.
The 22,000 Tats do not easily trust outsiders or one another for that matter, so they keep to themselves. That provides an obstacle for those who would take the gospel to them. They speak a number of dialects, and they must borrow the script of another language in order to read or write. Thus, they have no Scriptures available to them, and no evangelistic materials are available in their heart-languages.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will speed up the completion of the JESUS Film, gospel recordings and other materials in their dialects. Pray for the Lord to raise up ambassadors for Christ who are both trustworthy and loving to go to the Tat peoples of Azerbaijan.