Daily Topic for July 16, 2012
There are many who are willing to work long and hard hours to see the Ansari people won to Christ. Just to see one more person willing to bow their hearts to the Lord, and enter His glorious kingdom is worth every hour of lost sleep. Are we willing to pray for such people?
Pray that the few missionaries who are working among the Ansari people will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to do whatever it takes to help these noble people to learn about Jesus.
“Exquisite!” the shopper exclaimed, holding up a beautifully designed silk fabric. Having bargained the price down for this original Ansari weaved material, the shopper departs the store pleased with his purchase.
The weaving of silk is a common skill practiced among the Muslim Ansaris of India. Though they traditionally have been weavers, the Ansaris now involve themselves in other small businesses throughout India. They number over nine million in population, with the largest number being in India’s huge northern state of Uttar Pradesh. They reside in other countries as well, including Nepal.
The Ansaris try to remain in their own group and guard who marries their women. Ansari women are noted for wearing bangles and beads, and in some communities they wear glass bangles, which signifies that they are married. Ansaris are a supportive and friendly people, as implied by their name, which is Arabic for “those who support.”
Ansaris practice Islamic law regarding daily living, but folk Islam is also a common practice with them. There are almost no Christ followers among them. Yet, their friendliness can be a means for believers to develop relationships with them.
Pray that the Muslim Ansaris will hear about Jesus and receive Him. Pray that the numerous teams that have begun working in north India will win many Ansaris to Christ. Pray that an Ansari work will soon begin in Nepal.