Daily Topic for November 05, 2012

1 Peter 2:11
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

Do we see ourselves as aliens and strangers in the world today, or do we find, as another author observed, that this world is too much with us? Earthly-mindedness is a serious spiritual malady. An excellent antidote is to continually resubmit our lives to God’s eternal purpose to bring people from every nation to share in the marriage supper of the Lamb. Earthly attractions will have less allure for us when we are consumed by God’s own purposes and desires.

Pray that the Lord Jesus will teach us to see ourselves as He sees us-as aliens and strangers.

Char Aimaq Peoples of Afghanistan

by GEC

Black sheep, called karakuls, scour the ground for every bite. These fat-tail sheep carry extra supplies of fat in their hindquarters, which helps them survive the harsh weather. The Char Aimaqs turn the pelts of the lambs into coats and hats. The relatively coarse fiber of the adults’ outer layer is used for winter garments, carpets or felting. These animals also provide valuable meat and dairy products for the Aimaq peoples.

Char Aimaq is an umbrella term covering four (char) tribes (aimaq) or sub-groups. We will look at some of the sub-groups in coming days. For now let’s try to get a picture of them as a whole. Their face shapes vary; noses vary; skin tone varies; eyes vary. In other words, almost any physical feature can be found among them.

What unites them is loyalty to the Aimaq region in northwestern Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

The other uniting factor is Hanafi Sunni Islam. This is the more moderate branch of Sunni Islam. Unlike most Muslims, the Char Aimaqs include women in leadership roles. Christian materials are available in major Afghan languages that the Char Aimaqs speak. But they use many different mother dialects.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that peace and stability will spread throughout Afghanistan. Pray that aid workers will demonstrate the love of Christ. Pray that the Lord will reveal himself to Char Aimaq leaders.

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