Daily Topic for November 25, 2012
One thing that helps bring people to Christ is holiness that stands out in the darkness. Harzani people who choose to follow Christ can have an impact in Iran by living holy and upright lives that provide a stark contrast with the “Islamic Code of Conduct.”
Pray that soon there will be a holy and righteous Church among the Harzani people that will shine so brightly that all counterfeit forms of holiness will be exposed for what they really are.
For thousands of years the southwest Caspian Sea region has been home to the Harzani Talysh people. Their home is a land of contrasts with high forested mountains and subtropical coastal land. They have been under various ruling authorities through the centuries, including Turks and Russians. Today it is uncertain as to whether they will continue with conservative Islamic traditions or adopt a more Western pattern of living. Harzani lifestyles vary greatly, but a very common thread among them is farming. They grow rice, wheat, barley, garlic, onions, and grapes. A fair number of Harzanis are craftsmen who produce silk, rugs, and felt. Others produce goods out of tin or make shoes and jewelry.
Since 1979 the Iranian government has strictly enforced the “Islamic Code of Conduct” upon its people. The code states that men are the leaders of the home and women are to care for the children and house. The Islamic Code of Conduct leaves no room for people to give their devotion to Christ rather than to Iran’s politicized form of Shi’ite Islam. The Harzani people have not had an adequate opportunity to hear a clear presentation of the gospel, and they have no Bible they can call their own. Almost all Harzanis are Muslim.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Church will be burdened to pray for and reach out to the Harzani people. Pray for openings for believers to connect with the Harzanis. Pray for the light of the gospel to penetrate all Harzani Talysh communities.