Daily Topic for October 06, 2013
Taking the gospel to a people who have never heard it is demanding-physically, mentally, emotionally, and most of all spiritually. Yet the harvest comes only after years of sowing seed. Satan’s major weapons-discouragement, disunity, disease, and delay-are often aimed at those who labor on the front lines of the advance of the gospel. The apostle Paul needed the prayers of the saints. How much more do the frontier missionaries of today!
Pray for those missionaries you know who are taking the gospel to those who have never heard. Pray that they will not become weary in doing good.
Hamdi’s eyes were fixed on the buffaloes that were grazing in the highlands of Iran, but his mind was hundreds of miles away. He wanted to go to the big city. “I do not want to keep living in these mountains,” he muttered. The last time he was in his uncle’s village he saw what appeared like drawings on a page. He asked his cousin what it was. “That’s Farsi. Our language, Mazanderani, is similar, but Farsi has a script, so people can read and write it.” Sitting alone in the pastures, Hamdi thought about how nice it would be to be able to write down all that crosses my mind.
“Boy, watch out for that buffalo!” yelled Hamdi’s father, pointing to an errant beast that was attempting to climb a steep slope. Snapped out of his literary dream, Hamdi got up and ran after the buffalo.
The Mazanderani people are an ethnic mix of Turkic tribes, Armenians, and Russian immigrants. They speak Mazanderani, a Persian-based language that remains unwritten. Agricultural reforms have greatly helped the Mazanderani people. However, some still choose the nomadic lifestyle of their ancestors. They are all Muslims, and the gospel eludes them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that missionaries and language experts will soon develop a script for the Mazanderani people so that this group can read about the true and living God in their native tongue. Pray for their leaders to have dreams and visions so that they will open their hearts to the Savior.