Daily Topic for March 26, 2013

Psalms 33:13-15
From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind. He watches all who live on earth-He who forms the hearts of all.

Does this sound like a God who does not care? Does He, who sends us out to give His good news to every people group on earth, not love each one? Yes, this is the same God who sent His Son to die on the cross 2,000 years ago, rise from the dead, and ascend to the Father. What an awesome Savior! Certainly our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission cannot “pay” Him back, but they are what we can do to obey Him.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will make the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection clear to the Muslim Kyrgyz people.

Muslim Kyrgyz People in Moscow

by LR

A moan slipped through bandages covering the Kyrgyz man’s face. He meant to hum, imagining he was back in Kyrgyzstan in the chamber orchestra or even reciting a traditional manas poem to his bride, who from afar now mourned his assault from Russian skinheads. He had lost track of the days since he’d come to Moscow for a job.

Nearly 32,000 Kyrgyz have fled their home country to Moscow to find work in this global economic crisis. Though often an educated people, many settle for hard labor jobs with long hours for only a hundred USD a week. They send most of the money home to Kyrgyzstan. They work without permits and without medical care. Many share small apartments with other migrant laborers. In despair and hopelessness it is common for them to turn to drugs and alcohol.

Most Kyrgyz are folk Muslims; only about half a percent have put their faith in Christ. But Moscow is home to a thriving evangelical population. Many new church plants are happening each month.

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Pray that these Russian churches will utilize resources like the JESUS Film and Bible translations, both available in Kyrgyz, to reach their ethnic neighbors. Pray that their evangelical Russian neighbors will love the Kyrgyz and share Jesus with them. Pray that peace and protection will cover the Kyrgyz in Moscow despite economic, ethnic, and political tensions.

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