Daily Topic for April 09, 2013
Because of the compelling love of Jesus (cf. (2 Cor. 5:14), this psalm can be the prayer of our hearts, that the whole earth may receive the blessing of Abraham which we have received through Christ. Perhaps this psalm was on Charles Wesley’s heart when he wrote the words to his hymn, “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.” The second verse of that hymn reminds us that it is God, “our gracious Master, who assists us to spread through all the earth abroad, the honors of (His) Name.”
Pray that He will soon be known by the Uighurs, and that they will honor and praise His Name.
Turghunjun pulled his young grandson, Alim through the crowded marketplace. “Where are we going, grandpa?” Alim asked. “To buy dumplings?” Turghunjun smiled at him. “Maybe later. First we are going to the barber.” “Again?” Alim felt under his hat and rubbed his nearly bald head. “But I don’t have much hair.” Looking up at his grandfather, he smiled and added, “And neither do you.” “We have more than enough,” Turghunjun replied. “We have too much.” “Too much for what, grandpa?” “Too much for Uighur men.”
Most Uighur men shave their heads and wear hats. It is their heritage and their identity, just as folk Islam has been handed down from generation to generation. Strangely, there was a time when many Uighurs were Christians. From the 12th to the 13th centuries, most were considered to be followers of Christ. By the 15th century, however, Islam had become the dominant religion, mixing with a lingering belief in shamanism.
Today, most of the Uighur live in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China’s far northwest. Though they are surrounded by Han Chinese believers, few have heard the gospel message, and even fewer have responded, since relations are strained between the Uighurs and the Han Chinese.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Christ’s followers living in and around this region to share the good news with the Uighur. Pray for their hearts to be ready to hear and to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to unite the Uighur people (Uighur means “united”) in His love and establish His church among them.