Daily Topic for November 22, 2012
The Shumashti people have many reasons to be afraid. They have lived with the constant threat of raids and takeovers for centuries. They follow a religious system that leaves no guarantee of salvation for even the most dedicated. They also do not have the comfort of God’s Word in their language.
Pray that the Shumashti people will soon have the opportunity to learn God’s Word just as you do.
If you lived in northern Pakistan near the Chinese and Afghanistan borders, you would live in constant danger of being invaded. This has been the fate of the Shumashti people. Through the years elements of the stronger Pushtun people have migrated to their homeland and have reduced its size. Today the building of the Karakoram Highway along the Indus River is opening their land to further Pushtun migration; but it is also allowing the Shumashti people to interact with the outside world.
Like the other tribes of northern Pakistan, the Shumashtis are farmers and herders. On terraced hills and in river plains they grow but one crop a year. In addition, they herd goats and cattle from pasture to pasture.
Their communities lack clean water and sanitation, doctors and dentists. They also have a shortage of teachers.
Sunni Islam has prevailed in northern Pakistan since the early Middle Ages. Their form of Islam, however, is tainted by belief in the power of shamans and unclean spirits. Islamic festivals govern rites of passage and prayer life. There are no known Christ followers among the Shumashtis of Pakistan or Afghanistan.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will raise up laborers with a vision for reaching the Shumashtis and other tribal peoples in northern Pakistan for Christ. Pray for an audio Bible translation for this Bible-less people. Pray for Christian medical teams and aid workers to help with their physical needs and to also tell them about the wonderful God who loves them.