Daily Topic for July 24, 2012
The Kyrgyz people ascribe to themselves some of these attributes. Though doing such a thing is obviously presumptuous, it tells us something about what they admire. These people have wavered between a diluted form of Islam and secularism for many decades. Could it be that if someone lived among them and told them about the immortal, eternal King, they would gladly want to become part of His kingdom?
Pray for many Kyrgyz people to seek and find the only God who can truly claim to be immortal and sovereign. Pray for them to have the gift of faith in the King of kings.
Imperishable, immortal, inextinguishable, unconquerable. These are very strong words. They are also rough translations of the term “Kyrgyz.” Kyrgyz history goes back to the legendary hero Manas, who defeated the Khitans by uniting 40 tribes of warriors. Kyrgystan’s national flag has an image of the sun with 40 rays stretching out from it to represent this heritage. Their written history goes back as far as 109 BC.
Today the Kyrgyz people are still very hardy workers, depending primarily on their livestock. They own adaptable breeds of sheep, goats, yaks, and camels. The land itself does not produce sustainable crops, so cattle breeding and nomadic herding are their primary sources of support. The herders live in felt tents, moving with their flocks as the grazing areas deplete. There are only about 60 days in the year that snow is not on the ground somewhere in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz women experience a little more freedom than most Central Asian Muslim women. They are not required to wear veils and are allowed to ride freely about on the grasslands. Married women are respected, but bride stealing is a serious problem, with brides literally being abducted off of the streets. This occurs primarily in the rural areas, but it also occasionally takes place in cities.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would stir His people to actively work among the Kyrgyz people. Pray that the Kyrgyz will receive the imperishable gospel.-JR