Daily Topic for December 15, 2010
God sometimes moves people from place to place for His own purposes. Sometimes people go willingly like the Cherkess people we are praying for today. Others, like Joseph in this account, go unwillingly. But in both of these examples separated by thousands of years, God will bring good out of it.
Pray that just as Joseph was a light to the Egyptians thousands of years ago, the few Cherkess believers who exist today will be Christ’s ambassadors to their Egyptian communities.
When we think of diasporas, we usually think of Jews, Black African slaves, the Chinese, or the Irish. Yet the Cherkess (Circassians) of Eastern Europe’s Balkans are a diaspora who are beginning to return to their homeland. This formerly Christian people are now Sunni Muslims living in Russia, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt. Joshua Project thinks there may be a few Christians among them. They are truly an unreached and unknown people, even though Bible portions appear to be available in their language. The entire Bible is also available in Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, and English, all trade languages used by various Cherkess people. Unlike elsewhere in the Middle East, they do not appear to live in their own towns in Egypt.
This diaspora calls themselves “Adyghe” and identify themselves through their language, religion, and Circassian traditions that predate their Sunni Islamic beliefs by thousands of years.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the God of wandering peoples (Deut. 26:17) will lead them to seek a home made without hands (Heb. 11:13-16). Pray that they will become interested in God’s Word and that Egyptian believers and missionaries will seek them out to tell them Jesus is more than a prophet who knew exile in Egypt, but that He is the God who sacrificed Himself for them. Pray they become slaves of Christ so they may rule with Him.