Daily Topic for March 21, 2012
God had just one Son, and He sent Him on mission. At the very center of the Triune God we see an amazing example of missionary sacrifice. The community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit sent out one of their own into a hostile world. It was not without high cost. Jesus left behind the glory that was rightly His, and made Himself vulnerable to reach us. He thus became a three-dimensional, walking, talking, living example of the love of God that would transform the world from the inside out. He set the standard, and then commissioned His disciples in the same way: “As the father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).
Pray that every believer might have a passion to walk as Jesus walked among the unreached peoples of our world.
“You do not exist.” That is what the Crimean Tatars were once told. They were called a “non-people” and deported to Siberia by Stalin’s Soviet regime in the 1940s. Nearly 50 percent of the population died from malnutrition and disease. It wasn’t until 1989 that they returned to their homeland. Today, they are a minority group in the Ukraine and continue to face discrimination.
Islam reached the Crimean Tatars in the 13th century, and before long, Crimea was one of the centers of Islam. Despite this fact, the majority of the group today are not devout Muslims, and some continue to hold onto ancient beliefs in animism and “the evil eye.”
Most Crimean Tatars in the Ukraine reside in cities. Their dress and language make it very difficult to distinguish them from Russians or Ukrainians. Many of their customs and traditions are falling away, especially among the younger generation, putting the Crimean Tatars at risk of losing the attributes that have made them a distinctive people.
But somehow this “non-people” group has survived through the centuries. Only 0.01 percent of the Crimean Tatar population is Christian. The Crimean Tatars are still waiting for the Bible to be translated into their language and for a church to be planted among them.
Pray for this people group to realize that there is a God who loves them. Pray for workers to be raised up and sent to the Crimean Tatars to give them His Word and to help them establish a Christ centered fellowship.