Daily Topic for May 23, 2011

Hebrews 11:16-17
Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

The Kurds want a homeland, but God wants something better for them. The Kurds have set aside God’s best in favor of something less than perfect. Though it’s understandable that they would want their own independent nation, such an aspiration is far less than God wants for them.

Pray that the Kurds, be they in Texas or elsewhere, will seek and find that better, heavenly country that God has for them.

Muslim Kurds in Dallas-Ft. Worth

by CN

Leaving yesterday behind with the car loaded and packed, we now head north out of Houston on Interstate route 45. Traveling some 247 miles, we hit Dallas and then head west until at last we arrive in Irving, Texas, which is Dallas’ western neighbor.

Here in Irving, we witness the large Kurdish-American community celebrating Newroz, the traditional Iranian New Year celebrated throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Among many Kurds, however, Newroz provides a chance to demonstrate their support for an independent Kurdish nation.

More than 4,000 Kurds in Texas participate in this sacred Kurdish celebration around March 21st of each year. During the event, the Kurds listen to Kurdistani poems, songs of freedom, and speeches of renewed determination to continue their struggle until Kurdistan is completely free and independent. Large flags of Kurdistan hang on walls of the celebration hall. The Kurds are a people without a country. Large numbers live in an area covering parts of eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, and northern Syria. Most of the Kurds are Sunni Muslims, though a few have embraced Jesus Christ in recent years.

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Pray that within the gathering of Kurds in Texas, there will be a move of the Holy Spirit that will draw them to the Savior of all mankind. Pray that in their scattered locations around the world they will realize unity in Christ.

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