Daily Topic for October 10, 2013
We are often tempted to bemoan closed doors- areas where the clear proclamation of the gospel is prohibited or otherwise greatly hindered. In a certain sense closed doors are God’s responsibility; but they may be opened by the faithful, believing prayer of God’s people. Closed doors are of special concern to us because so many of the unreached peoples are located in areas that are closed to the gospel. We know that it is God’s will that these peoples hear and respond to His offer of life in Christ Jesus. We must remember that we face doors, not walls, and that they are only closed-not bolted, locked, or jammed.
Pray that the Lord will open doors for the clear proclamation of His truth among the unreached and unengaged Semnani people.
All of the Semnani tribesmen coughed at least a little. Sickness was common during the cool winter months in the barren wastelands of northwestern Iran. Often the people left their herds of sheep and goats in the pastures to pray at the mosque. But Allah didn’t seem to be listening to their prayers. No one was healed. Their village also had no school. Teachers were as rare as doctors in many Semnani villages.
Iran’s government has neglected the Semnani people. That’s why many villages of this people group lack doctors and teachers. In most Semnani villages only the imam and a few village leaders can read and write.
No one knows where the Semnani people group came from or how they came to settle in northwestern Iran. If this people group knows where they came from, then they are certainly not telling that story to outsiders. Missionaries also neglected this Muslim people group, even before the 1979 revolution when believers could operate openly in Iran.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to send faithful workers to heal the sick and teach children how to read and write. Such activities would open doors for the message of salvation through Christ. Pray that God will soon change the laws in Iran, so that believers can once again operate openly. Ask God to break the hold that Islam has on this people group, and give them a hunger for truth and righteousness.