Daily Topic for March 28, 2013

Psalms 32: 5b
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"-and You forgave the guilt of my sin.

As we prepare our hearts for Resurrection Sunday, let us think about why it was necessary for Him to be slain. We know that He has victory over death and the sole power to forgive sins because of His death and resurrection. Because of His sovereignty and mercy, He has both the power and the will to forgive sinful mankind. But what can people do that don’t know of His saving power? Will it be enough on the Day of Judgment for them to call on the mercy of Buddha or the power of Shiva? Is it right for us to enjoy God’s forgiveness while others look for truth and righteousness in the wrong places?

Pray for the unreached nations to know that only Christ has the power to forgive sins.

Muslim Pushtun People in Moscow

by JR

Most Afghan Pushtuns living in Moscow have been deprived of official status, harassed by police, and preyed upon by thugs. Abdul Habibullah, an Afghan resident of Moscow, says, “Of course we will leave as soon as we find out that life is going to be normal there (in Afghanistan). We don’t have any home here.” His earlier life in Afghanistan was as an army colonel, but now he scrapes by selling key rings, pens, and knickknacks.

There are about 35,000 Pushtun Afghans living in Moscow. Many of these Afghans are professionals, civil servants, and technical experts. Since so many people with these essential skills have left Afghanistan, the country’s infrastructure is in shambles. In Moscow, however, Afghans with these same skills are often not given the chance to use them. Instead they must settle for jobs that require low skills. Only about 500 of these Afghans have official recognition as refugees or asylum seekers.

The Afghan Pushtuns are as devastated spiritually as they are economically and socially. Their devotion to Islam has been in place for centuries, and it has left them spiritually empty.

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Pray that the Afghans in Moscow would be contacted and befriended by believers. Pray that they will hear about the true and living God who loves them so that hope will begin flowing in their lives. Pray that as they embrace Christ, they will be able to return to Afghanistan as bearers of hope to their own people.

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