Daily Topic for November 10, 2011
We know from what is said next that Jesus was offering them the Holy Spirit, who was being compared to “living water” that flows within each believer. Muslim peoples like the Kunjras don’t understand or seek Christ in their lives. But we can pray that the Holy Spirit will seek them.
Pray for many from the Kunjra people to encounter the “rivers of living water” so that they and their communities can be transformed and have the joy of knowing the true and living God.
Hadi, a Kunjra vegetable vendor, shouted loudly in the Karachi street. “Come buy my carrots, onions, potatoes, zucchinis, turnips, and okra!” Soon a woman stopped by and said, “How many rupees for the carrots?” “Twenty two for five.” She said, “I will not buy these. They are terrible! Only the flies want them!” Hadi looked at the ground and replied, “Things are still very bad. It is hard to find good vegetables. Why not buy some okra. It is pretty good today, and I’ll give you a good price.” The woman shook her head and walked away.
Friendly and hard working, the estimated 31,000 Kunjra people of Pakistan work as vegetable vendors in major cities such as Karachi. Usually they earn a good living this way. Unfortunately, the 2010 flood destroyed millions of dollars of crops, which resulted in prices escalating to the point where most Pakistanis cannot afford to buy their produce. To make matters worse, the remaining produce is of poor quality.
Independent in nature, Kunjras have community councils which serve to resolve social issues and disputes within families. They follow the Sunni branch of Islam and give allegiance to Muslim saints because of their folk Islamic beliefs.
Pray that God will give courage and wisdom to believers to reach the Kunjra vendors. Pray that Kunjra people will listen to the teachings of Jesus and, in time, embrace His ways and share them with their customers. May Kunjras know the Living Lord and find true peace in Him.