Daily Topic for November 06, 2013

Hebrews 4:1-3
Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest remains, let us fear lest any of you be judged to have failed to reach it. ... but the message which they heard did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers. For we who have believed enter that rest ... (RSV)

Those who know the Lord can enter into His rest, and that changes everything. The huge responsibility of evangelizing the last unreached peoples remains, but we can depend upon the Lord to enable us to get His will done. His yoke is, indeed, easy, and His burden is light.

Let us therefore confidently pray that the workers whom the Lord of the Harvest is sending to the Northern Pashtuns will show them the way into His rest and protect the workers and the Pashtuns from all evil. (Ephesians 2:6)

Northern Pashtun People of Pakistan

by GEC

Laila shuddered as she heard the pronouncement. A man her father’s age demanded that she marry him to pay off a family debt. He had issued a “ghagh-which means “a call”-which can have various outcomes, none of them happy for the woman.” It entails a virtual legal requirement that the woman must marry the man. In spite of Laila (whose name means “beautiful”) being professionally trained, she will spend her years cooking and cleaning in a rural environment. (see: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/12)

Laila is part of the Northern Pashtun people who live along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Only 15 percent of Pakistanis speak Pashto, but this language is dominant in the mountainous border region. Northern Pashtuns, especially those in rural areas, are known as stonily resistant to change. Living in extreme poverty, rare professionals like Laila could alleviate this need if women were allowed to reach their potential. In the tradition of ghagh, change is slow. Provincial governments have considered outlawing the practice, but enforcement of such a law would prove difficult.

In contrast, there is a Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, who longs to woo and win the hearts of the Northern Pashtun people and give them life to the fullest. Bibles and the JESUS Film are available.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will send forth messengers to proclaim his lovingkindness to the Northern Pashtun of Pakistan. Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring His peace to the Pashtun peoples.

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