Daily Topic for December 11, 2013

Revelation 7:9
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the lamb.

Almost four thousand years ago God promised Abraham that all nations on earth would be blessed through him. One day this vision will be a reality. Very likely it will happen in our generation. In that sense, we are living in the most exciting moment in history. It is also a reminder of the faithfulness of God. When he gives a promise, he keeps it. Regardless of our faithfulness, no matter how difficult or how long it may take, God never gives up. He is relentless!

Pray that this reality will give us hope and drive us forward to complete the task before us of engaging the last remaining unreached peoples.

Domari Zott Gypsy in Syria

by PE

Ameya danced her most provocative dance before the nightclub manager in central Damascus. Later when she sat with him for an interview he asked, “What nationality are you?” “Arabic” she lied. Ameya understood that she had no chance of landing a job if anyone knew she was a Domari Gypsy. They are one of the most despised people groups in the Middle East, as well as in Europe.

The Domari have had more than their share of suffering. Their income is usually small, and the women dance, beg, or tell fortunes to help their families survive. With a civil war raging, some have now been reduced to searching through garbage dumps for food. While the official number of Domari in Syria is 37,000, this number may be much higher because they often claim to be other ethnicities.

Their language sounds like a mixture of Japanese and Russian with a bit of a Portuguese “swishing” sound sprinkled about. They love music and dancing girls who are accompanied by guitar-like instruments and skin-covered kettledrums. This provides entertainment and expression for the family, the clan, and (for a fee) outsiders.

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Pray that these despised people will find new life and salvation through Jesus Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit would send His fire to cleanse and renew. Pray that their dire conditions will soon lead the Domari to seek the One True God who yearns to give them the peace and joy of the Lord. -

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