Daily Topic for March 21, 2013
Did you see the movie, “The Passion of the Christ”? If you did, you may remember the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane where Satan is trying to tempt Jesus into bypassing the cross. He tells Jesus that it is impossible for man to pay for the life of another. So true, but so false in this case! Jesus is the only Son of the Living God, so He alone can pay for the sins of the world. Muslims try to achieve salvation by obeying the words of Mohammed, while Buddhists and Hindus seek to do good towards a better reincarnation. But only Christ can pay for their sins. No sin is forgiven, except by the blood of Christ.
Pray for the Karachai people to seek out and find their only Redeemer!
1991 saw a radical change take place in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The USSR dissolved. Many of its former republics declared independence and severed ties with the newly defunct USSR. However, some smaller regions were slower to react and remained in the new Russia. This was especially true of the Karachaevo-Cherkessia region in Russia’s Northern Caucasus. The Karachai dzhamat staunchly opposed the Russian government in the late 1990s and even cooperated with Chechen militants.
The Karachai are fiercely independent. They suffered greatly under Soviet domination. In 1943 they were forcibly deported to Kazakhstan from their location in southern Russia along the Georgia border and some were relocated to Siberia for the duration of World War II. Over 700,000 Chechens and Karachais were sent into exile in freight trains. Twenty-three percent of the deported died. A campaign for the recognition of genocide is a central tenet and article of faith for today’s Karachai activists.
Some Karachai still remain in Central Asia, but most have returned to their native region. The Karachai dzhamat was originally formed as a political force oriented toward an Islamic ideology. Interestingly, it now functions outside the borders of the main ethnic concentration of the Karachai people and is centralized in Moscow!Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for truth and justice to prevail in this situation. Pray for the salvation of key Karachai leaders in Moscow who could boldly proclaim the gospel and take it back to their people.