Daily Topic for October 12, 2013

Philippians 1:21
For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

What a testimony, what an inspiration! The apostle Paul may have been thinking of Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man came to minister and to give His life a ransom for many.” In a way a pioneer missionary gives his life as a ransom for the people to whom he is sent. His ambition is to bring the good news so that people yet in darkness can experience God’s salvation. What is your ambition? What is the surpassing goal of your life? Is it the same as Christ’s or are you focused on lesser things?

Pray that Jesus will give all of us a new vision of Himself in all His beauty and holiness. Pray that He will fill us with a passion for His glory to come to the Vafsis and other unreached peoples in the Persian bloc.

Vafsi People of Iran

by WK

A group of missionaries in North America sat at a long wooden table and listened to an old reel-to-reel tape recorder play in a language they were just starting to learn. After a long time the tape recording ended with an abrupt click followed by the slap, slap sound of the end of the tape hitting the tape recorder. Someone turned the machine off. A middle-aged man who led the mission group gazed at the others seated at the table and said, “Those were 24 folk tales in the Vafsi language which were recorded in 1958. This is the only known recording of their language.” A woman seated across the table from him muttered, “God help us. We need to create a written script for Vafsi. That’s the only way we can begin translating the Bible into their language.”

Almost all Vafsi people are Muslim, and there are no known followers of Jesus Christ among them. Few Vafsi villages have had visitors since the days when those recordings were made 55 years ago.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that a mission agency will target the Vafsi people for outreach. Ask God to raise up faithful workers to create a written script for Vafsi so that the work of Bible translation can begin. Pray also for open doors. Ask God to show this people group that trusting Jesus Christ, not obeying the laws of the Qur’an, is the true source of salvation.

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