Daily Topic for March 29, 2011
How the Shepherd’s heart aches when He sees the sheep deprived of what they need! How it aches to comfort the worried and help the helpless! Has your heart begun to ache like that? What would your life be like without the Shepherd? Have you envisioned the plight of peoples like the Khantis who so far have little chance of knowing Him? Does your heart ache when you realize the extent of their needs?
Pray with the compassion of the Lord for the Khanti nation!
There is a good chance you have never heard of the Khanti people of the Yugra Region of northeastern Asia. But you may be familiar with this area for another reason: it is the center of the prosperous Russian oil industry.
Though the Khantis are quite small in population (there are less than 30,000), they occupy a part of Siberia that is responsible for 57 percent of Russia’s oil production. After years of being ruled by the atheistic Communists of the Soviet Union and with their homeland now a rich source of petroleum, the Khanti people find themselves facing a cultural crisis. Some have chosen to follow modern society and the belief that there is no god. But many still cling to animism and seek the help of shamans. The worship of animals, the forces of nature, and dead ancestors is common among the Khantis.
The word Khanti means “man,” and like all of mankind, this people group is lost and in desperate need of Jesus, the only Savior. Today, there are very few known Evangelical believers among them. The Khanti people still wait for someone to bring them the good news.
Pray for the Lord to send workers into this ripe for the harvest field. Ask Him to prepare their hearts and set them free from atheism, animism and shamanism. Pray for a great harvest of souls as the Khanti people hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ.