Daily Topic for September 13, 2013

2 Corinthians 1:11
…as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Notice how important our prayers are for ministry. All of us, even those who cannot travel to distant lands, can help missionaries by praying for their work. It will not require a visa or a passport, but it will require faithfulness and perseverance. Do you have what it takes to help workers with your prayers?

Pray that we will have the faithfulness and perseverance to uphold workers who are laboring among Dargins and other unreached people groups in this part of the world.

Dargins of Azerbaijan

by GEC

“Tutesh [father], I have a question,” the boy announced. “Where does the Qur’an teach about the ‘rite of the first furrow’?” The father stroked his beard and admitted, “Years ago, I asked the same question to our imam. He informed me that it actually began long before our ancestors learned the truth about Islam.”

This simple exchange reflects reality for the Dargin people group. While they claim allegiance to Islam, in fact many of their important events trace their roots to pre-Muslim ages. Rules about marriage, divorce, and burial arise from Islamic sharia. But many other aspects of daily life, including the agricultural calendar, can be traced back before sharia existed.

The Dargins’ homeland lies just north of Azerbaijan, in the lowlands and foothills of Dagestan. The people follow a largely agrarian lifestyle mixed with raising livestock. Many Dargins live in Azerbaijan. They form another instance of Sunni Muslims living in a predominantly Shi’ite country.

The Slavic Gospel Association is an agency working to bring the good news of Jesus to the Dargins in Azerbaijan and nearby areas. They indicate that even some former militants have come to faith in our Savior.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these new believers would show boldness for the gospel of Christ. Pray that God will protect and expand ministries reaching out to the Dargins in this area. Pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal Himself to Dargin leaders, compelling them to embrace and proclaim Jesus Christ.

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