Daily Topic for November 03, 2012
Zia’s ministry resulted in the Holy Spirit moving in the lives of many in Afghanistan. Notice how he was not afraid to be killed for his faith. Can all of us say the same thing? Are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to rule in our hearts to the point of pouring out our lives for the sake of Christ?
Pray that the Holy Spirit will penetrate your heart so that you will be obedient to the end, even if it results in death.
Five years later, under a communist regime, the Institute for the Blind in Kabul was reopened. Zia was put in charge, and he did a fine job of reorganizing it. Then pressure was brought on him to join the Communist Party. He refused. One official warned him, “If you do not join, you might be killed.” Zia replied, “I am not afraid to be killed for my faith. Are you ready to die for yours?” Finally Zia was arrested on false charges and put in a political prison where tens of thousands were executed. In prison the Communists gave Zia shock treatments to try to brainwash him, yet he did not give in. When offered the opportunity to learn Russian in prison, he mastered this language. The Communists freed him in 1985.
Following his release from prison, Zia felt God was calling him to leave Afghanistan to go as a missionary to Pakistan. He got in touch with a friend, a blind beggar, and the two of them traveled to Pakistan. After Zia arrived in Pakistan, he was offered an opportunity to travel to the U.S. to study Hebrew because he was working on a translation of the Old Testament into his Dari language. He declined, saying he had so much to do among the Afghan refugees that he could not leave. He started an institute for the blind for them. He also completed a book of New Testament stories in Dari for children.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for accurate Bible translations for the peoples you will be praying for this month