Daily Topic for March 04, 2013
He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.
As we prepare for Good Friday later this month, let us be reminded of why Jesus had to die. Yes, He died to pay for our sins. But this death would also draw men to Him. They would be drawn to Him because of His payment for their sins. But first they must know who He is (the only Son of God), and why His death is so essential to reconciliation with God.
Immanuil, a Russian follower of Christ, greets Ibrahim, a Dungan shopkeeper. “Welcome back, my friend. How was your trip?” Ibrahim smiled and replied, “My sister got married. That is why I was gone so long.” Ibrahim was eager to talk so Immanuil listened. “Last year we celebrated gi hua when she consented to the marriage. This trip was for the actual wedding that lasted four days. At the culmination my sister arrived at her new husband’s home. Then everyone enjoyed a special wedding dish called shi. Did you know we are famous for our cooking?”
These men live in Moscow. But Ibrahim’s Dungan people group live far away in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Very few of his people live in Moscow. The Dungan people call themselves “Hui,” recalling their ancestry from northwestern China. They migrated from their homeland in three successive waves in the 1800s.
Their parents’ generation remained loyal to Islam. But Ibrahim and his friends are Muslim in name only. Followers of Christ like Immanuil (meaning “God with us”) build friendships with the Dungan/Hui people while they pray for opportunities to tell them that Jesus died for their sins.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will give creative strategies and ideas to win the younger Dungan generation. Ask the Lord to send out more laborers to work among the Dungan people. Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin plowing the spiritual soil through worship and intercession.