Daily Topic for November 29, 2012
High priests described in the Old Testament had to periodically offer gifts and sacrifices for the sins of the people, but Jesus offered Himself once for all. Now at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (v. 1), He serves in the sanctuary set up by the Lord, not by man. Furthermore, the apostle Paul noted that God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and made us competent as ministers of the new covenant. We can proclaim Christ to the world’s peoples with the knowledge that His promises are sure and His covenant secure.
Thank Jesus for His wonderful promises and covenant. Pray that He will find us faithful as ministers of this covenant.
Various factors contribute to the isolation of people groups, but geographical obstacles play the greatest role. Though the majority of Iranians are Persian and speak Farsi, there are approximately 100 distinct ethnic groups in Iran. The 20,000 Vafsis of northwestern Iran are one of these people groups. There are no known followers of Christ among them. There is no way for them to know God’s Word because most of them do not know how to read. Only now is someone translating a grammar into their language.
To translate the Bible into Vafsi, they must first have a written language. In 1958, a British scholar, Laurence Elwell-Sutton, taped 24 Vafsi folk tales on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Many years later a linguist, Dr. Donald Stilo, used Elwell-Sutton’s recordings and notes to write a grammar for the language.
The Vafsis are primarily agriculturists, and their children have only limited opportunities for education, but a written grammar of their language can give these people a new tool for not only appreciating their culture, but also to read Scripture translations.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for work to begin in translating God’s Word into Vafsi. Pray for it to open the door for the educational, social, and spiritual betterment of the Vafsi people.