Daily Topic for March 07, 2013
In Acts 1:5, Jesus explained to His disciples that they would be “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Elsewhere, Jesus described the Holy Spirit as a “helper” for those who follow Him. Peter’s first sermon, after the empowering of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, was based on Joel 2:28-32. According to Peter, this outpouring of the Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy-that the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all people. He follows his reference to Joel’s passage with a provocative conclusion: “then everyone (whether Jew or Gentile) who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”
Give the Lord praise that His Spirit has continued to move throughout the earth since Pentecost. Pray for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit on the Kalmyk people, be they in Moscow or elsewhere.
The hair on the back of Dolgan’s neck stood up when he passed a group of Russian skinheads. At first they started to call him a “Muslim pig,” before they noticed his eyes. Then they walked past him with bewildered looks on their faces.
Dolgan always felt different. He lives in Moscow but he looks Asian. Dolgan is from the Kalmyk people group. The Kalmyks speak a language that more closely resembles Mongolian than Russian, even though they live in Europe.
The Kalmyks are the only established Buddhist people group in Europe. They live near the Caspian Sea between the Volga and Don Rivers. This people group has been Buddhist since the 17th century when Buddhist missionaries from Tibet contacted them. When Dolgan walks into a Buddhist temple, he listens to a lama from India preach and chant.
The Kalmyks have fought for Russia since Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Some of these soldiers settled in western Russian cities and brought their families with them. Today some western Russian cities like Moscow have large Kalmyk communities.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
May this people group realize that Jesus Christ, not Buddha, has the answers. Pray that the Kalymks will thirst for the water of life, and find satisfaction in Jesus. Ask God to lead a mission agency to reach out to the Kalmyks. Pray that Kalmyks who put their faith in Christ will one day take the message of salvation back to their homeland.