Daily Topic for March 22, 2012
What does it mean to be saved? The most basic answer is this: If you need saving, you can’t save yourself! You are helpless and hopeless without outside assistance. That was the state of the world when Christ came. It would be hard to imagine what the world would be like if He had not made that sacrifice of going to the cross for us. But thousands of unreached peoples do not know this. The knowledge of His coming has yet to reach them. Why is that? Could it be that many of us really do not understand what this means, namely, millions of people condemned to a Christless eternity? If we truly understand the mind and heart of Christ, it will take us straight into mission and deep into the frontiers where the good news of His coming has yet to be proclaimed.
Pray that Christ’s passion to seek and save the lost would flood the soul of every church and believer.
Nogai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan and general over what was known as the Golden Horde, once ruled the Nogai people, giving rise to the name of the people group and their language. Like their founder, the Nogai Tatars became famous as warriors.
Most of the Nogai Tatars were expelled from the Ukraine in the 19th century. Since that time they have barely managed to escape assimilation. The Nogai language is in decline, and only the older generation consistently speaks it.
Although nearly all Nogai Tatars are Sunni Muslims, their practice of Islam is largely cultural. They are Muslims simply because their ancestors were Muslims. They are also Muslim because they have not been presented with a choice. The gospel has not been preached among the Nogais, and they continue to be considered an unreached people group.
Pray for mission organizations to take note of the Nogai Tatars and begin to focus attention on them. Ask the Lord to raise up workers who will present the good news to them in a way that they will understand and respond to without cultural prejudice. Pray for the hearts of this people to be soft, fertile soil for the seed of the Word.