Daily Topic for October 11, 2013
It is all too common for those who are “far away” in a physical sense to also be “far away” from Christ, because there is no one to tell them about the true and living God. What will it take to reach people groups like the Khunsaris who live in remote areas? Though there are a number of obstacles, one of them is an unwillingness on the part of Christ’s followers to live in remote areas. We who experience so much of God’s goodness and grace must never forget that there are about 7,000-8,000 people groups in the world who still wait for us to come and share the gospel.
Pray that the Lord will move Christ’s followers, churches, and mission agencies to unite in bringing the good news to those who are far off.
“Daddy, why can’t I go to school?” asked the boy in the Khunsari village in northwestern Iran. Irritated, the father shot back, “How can you go to school if there are no schools? Do you see a school in this village?”
Most people, including the father, are illiterate in their own language as well as Farsi, Iran’s trade language. In most Khunsari villages only the imam and a few village leaders can read and write. Every Friday the village imam reads sections of the Qur’an to the people who are attending the mosque.
The Khunsari people live in northwestern Iran, a region which is neglected by their government. There are few doctors or teachers, and most of the inhabitants are sheep and goat herders.
Few missionaries have ever visited the Khunsari people group. This was true even before the revolution of 1979 closed Iran to outreach. They do not have a Bible in their language, and no mission agency is trying to reach them, according the Joshua Project web site. Even today few outsiders visit this remote region.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to raise up faithful workers to translate the Bible into the Khunsari language and teach them how to read. Pray for Christian doctors to heal the sick and Christian teachers to instruct the young. Pray that these believers will walk in the fruit of the Holy Spirit.