Daily Topic for March 18, 2012
Wherever there is a harvest, there has been sowing. Today we are seeing unprecedented harvests all over the world. But we easily forget that in places like China and Africa, it took over a century of sowing before the harvest came. However, even in places where missionaries have never gone, it is important to remember that God’s spirit is already at work to prepare the way. Our job is to find what He is doing and join Him—to find the person who may have an open heart for God in every community and show them Jesus. Such people are bridges into entire social networks, and we can be sure that all over the world, God is constructing all the bridges we need to finish the task.
Pray that the Church might be awakened to the global season of harvest we are living in today.
“They don’t love life, only money. Nobody cares about us. Our culture is being destroyed!” Pervin, a Turkish Yoruk sheep herder, cried as she explained to a concerned visitor the damage that a new hydro dam was already doing to her people. “We went to the courts, but the government doesn’t care. They just keep building the dams. We hear that Yoruks everywhere are suffering. They just want all of us to move to the cities. They give us a little money for our land and take away our pastures.”
The Yoruk pastoral communities in Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, and Bulgaria are rapidly fading away as modernization is forcing them to settle in towns and cities. Some still try to sell their milk products, crafts or animals in local market places.
Historically Yoruks fought for the Ottoman Turks. Some of these people settled in areas outside of Turkey. They are not linguistically distinct from the people they live among.
Yoruks are Sunni Muslims, and Islamic holidays are important to the families. When possible, Yoruk men attend regular mosque services. Those who live in rural areas add superstitious beliefs to their Islam. Some seek answers to problems in spiritualism, and a few are Sufi Muslims.
Pray that as the dramatic changes unfold for the Yoruk people, they will encounter people whose faith in God’s Word will give them new life, comfort, and joy in the Living Lord.