Daily Topic for March 15, 2012
Very often we are blind to the harvest all around us. That is why an outsider’s perspective can be so helpful. Insiders can become dulled by the status quo and assume things can never change. Missionaries have the advantage of bringing a fresh perspective to reaching people for Christ, and that is one of the reasons they are so valuable. When you put your missionary lense on, you begin to see the world as God sees it—a world where His Spirit has already been at work long before we arrive. The harvest is certain, for we have his promise that from every nation, tribe, people, and language, true followers of Jesus will come.
Pray that God’s people would rally together to bring Jesus to each of the unengaged, unreached people groups where no missionary has ever gone.
Isolated! That is how the Aghul people are described in the Joshua Project website. As you can see from the photo, they live in a very mountainous region. Where there are mountains, people usually stay in the same place their entire lives, free from outside ideas. Their traditions and customs remain intact.
There are four different Aghul subgroups, and their language is very similar to the neighboring Lezgians. (This picture is actually of Lezgian children). Aghul men sometimes go to nearby towns to trade their dairy products for grain and manufactured goods. That means that the men are more likely to be influenced by the outside world than the women and children. Though there are 28,000 Aghul people, only 100 of them have moved to neighboring Ukraine.
But outside influences have come to the Aghul people, though they are rare. In the 8th century the Arabs conquered their homeland, at which time the Aghuls became Sunni Muslims. Today each Aghul village includes a mosque in the central square. They are conservative Muslims, but they hold onto some pre-Islamic beliefs.
Pray that the Aghul people in Ukraine will have the chance to hear of Christ’s redemptive work for those who believe He came to save sinners. Pray that the gospel will make it’s way into all four Aghul subgroups, and also into the homelands of the related Lezgians. Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Aghul leaders.