Daily Topic for September 29, 2013
Note the two facts especially relevant to the frontier mission movement: missionaries bring the fragrant gospel of Jesus Christ, and that message brings both life…and death! Some will accept it as the aroma of life, while others will reject it as the stench of death. This includes people with high morals.
Pray that His Word will be quickly understood and taken to heart throughout Azerbaijan, and may multiplied thousands find new life in Christ.
Tariq laughed at his children scurrying around the house trying to find the seven items. “It is Norouz! … the new year!” Finally the children found all the items, which they placed on a tray to symbolize good things such as truth, justice, good thoughts and deeds. Then, they placed the tray on a table.
Tariq’s family is Zoroastrian. Their faith was founded in Persia before Islam overcame Iran. They worship Mazda, and at their new year celebration they sing to fire which is key to their worship. The name of Tariq’s country, Azerbaijan, means “the keepers of the fire.” They believe all things on earth are either the truth or a lie. All good things are truth, and all evil things are lies. They believe the world’s evil will eventually be destroyed by fire and molten metal. A large Zoroastrian temple still exists in Baku where eternal fires burn from gas plumes.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to protect the Zoroastrian people in Azerbaijan. As Islamic extremists move into the country, they will become more vulnerable. Pray that Christ’s followers will be called of God to go to them in the name of Jesus. Pray that the truth of Jesus will be clear to them, and they will be saved from the eternal fire that they recognize as coming. Pray that there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Azerbaijan, and many will be saved.