Daily Topic for March 25, 2012
Is there a reason God left us with a written testimony of the life of Jesus? On many occasions God instructed His prophets to write down what He was telling them. He said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered…” (Ex 17:14) The written word has permanence, and it serves as a record of the truth. It is the most powerful tool we have against deception and false teaching. Unfortunately, today there are still thousands of languages where the word of God has never been fully translated and published.
Pray that every people group in the world might have complete access to the full counsel of God in their heart language.
First the bad news: gaining independence when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991 did not bring freedom from tyranny to Uzbekistan, a former Soviet Socialist Republic. Uzbekistan is a multiparty republic in name only. The growing Islamist movement has been vigorously quashed, and Christians have also been affected by government legislation and actions. The autocratic president is in full control, and there is no freedom of speech or press in Uzbekistan.
Many Uzbeks have sought refuge or political asylum in other countries. Twelve thousand of them live in the Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian Refugee Council which monitors the treatment of refugees has been alarmed at the abuses of the Uzbeks in the Ukraine. Many of them have been extradited to Uzbekistan where there is widespread use of torture, specifically against people convicted on charges of anti-governmental activities or forbidden religious activity. The council stresses that it is impermissible to extradite asylum seekers to Uzbekistan, as it constitutes a violation of national and international law.
Now the good news! For the first time there is a completely translated Bible in the Uzbek language. Central Asian Bible Media has also accomplished the task of making it electronically available so that it can be downloaded on a computer or cell phone. The sites are: http://www.ibt.org.ru/english/bible/info_bible_en.htm
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that hopeless Uzbeks will connect electronically with these sites, and that they will find true hope, freedom, and salvation in Jesus Christ.