Daily Topic for November 11, 2013

Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith. (RSV)

Noah’s ark was only big enough for eight people, plus enough animals to restock his new world. But the kingdom of God is an “ark” big enough to hold all His people! His ambassadors go to unreached peoples in part to get them to prepare for that great event, Christ’s return; then, they will not be condemned with the wicked.

Pray for God’s grace, power, and agape love for the messengers of Christ who have beautiful feet climbing the remote mountains of China, India, and Nepal.

Kyrgyz People

by JR

How would it feel to be “imperishable” or “unconquerable”? Or perhaps “inextinguishable” or “undefeatable”? These are some of the definitions of the word “Kyrgyz.” The Kyrgyz endure some of the harshest weather, natural elements, and numerous angry enemies in the world, and still they press forward as a people. Their traditional homeland is sometimes called the “roof of the world” because of its high elevation.

The earliest Kyrgyz appear in Chinese annals known as the “Records of the Grand Historian” which was compiled from 109 BC to 91 BC. Today, there are about 145,000 Kyrgyz living in China and nearly four million living in Kyrgyzstan itself. Whether in China or Kyrgyzstan, daily life continues to be difficult. China dominates what transpires within its own borders, and, even inside Kyrgyzstan’s borders, Russia still holds a strong influence from the days when this group was unwillingly a part of the USSR.

Religiously the Kyrgyz have been dominated by various spiritual beliefs, including Islam, shamanism, and black magic. In a July 2007 interview the daughter of Kyrgyzstan’s former president, Bermet Akayeva, stated that Islam is increasingly taking root among the Kyrgyz people. She emphasized that many mosques have been built, and that the Kyrgyz have been “increasingly devoting themselves to Islam.”

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Pray that freedom will come to the Kyrgyz people, both politically and spiritually. Pray that God’s people will make every effort to bring the gospel to them.

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