Daily Topic for November 11, 2012
Every day this month, we are praying for people groups like the Indus Kohistanis who lack the Word of God in their own language. Notice the descriptive word “flawless.” The Words of the Lord are, indeed flawless. We should be grateful that we have access to it. But what about the people groups that we are praying for this month?
Pray that the peoples we are interceding for will soon have the flawless Word of God in their own languages. Pray that they will embrace His Word when they hear it.
Astounded, Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Then who in the world can be saved?” Jesus looked at them intently and [answered], �Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” (Matthew 19:25,26, NLT.)
It may look impossible to reach the Kohistani tribes of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan for Christ. They reside in a region of Pakistan containing some of the world’s loftiest mountain peaks, deepest valleys, and largest glaciers which tends to isolate them. Currently the area also contains Taliban militants who are very antagonistic to believers. But what is impossible for man is possible for God.
The Kohistanis have been described as a powerful, well-built, brave, but quiet people.
Numbering some 41,000, Kohistanis are primarily farmers and shepherds. With very little rain in the area, crops are irrigated by water channels called kuhls. Because Kohistanis can grow only one annual crop, they move their livestock from one grazing ground to another with the change of seasons. Leaving their permanent villages during the summer months, they drive their cattle, goats, and sheep to higher pastures.
In earlier centuries northern Pakistan was primarily Buddhist, but later Buddhism was replaced by Hinduism. Around 1000 A.D., Islam spread throughout the region. It was then the Kohistanis converted from their polytheistic religious beliefs to Sunni Islam.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to call laborers who will somehow get the Word of God to the Kohistanis. Pray that Pakistani believers will realize that the people of the Kohistan area are indeed reachable with the good news of Jesus Christ.