Daily Topic for March 14, 2014
Isaiah was a prophet who often spoke of the wrath of God, but he also told the few who would listen to him about the mercy that God would allow after judgment had been administered. For centuries the Khvarshi people have put themselves under God’s wrath, and they have paid dearly for turning their backs on the Savior. However, there will come a day when some of them will embrace Him, and they will be restored. Pray for the spiritual restoration of the Khvarshi people.
“Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will raise up the former devastations, and they will repair the ruined cities-the desolations of many generations” (Isaiah 61:4).
Look at pictures of Khvarshin villages high in the southwest mountains of Dagestan, and these words of hope from the prophet Isaiah speak volumes. From 1944-1957 the ancestors of the Khvarshin were forced out of their mountain homeland region and resettled by the Soviets into lowland Chechnya. They weren’t allowed to return to Dagestan until the late 1950s. In the following years some returned to their abandoned mountain villages, and some settled in the northern lowlands of Dagestan. In current pictures of Khvarshin mountain villages, you see rebuilt, repaired houses standing alongside still-visible ancient ruins.
Currently the approximately 4000 Khvarshin people of Dagestan speak their own distinct Khvarshi language; they are living in eight mountain villages and several lowland settlements in northern Dagestan. For centuries they have followed Sunni Islam mixed with folk superstitions and practices. Life is hard for the Khvarshi. They need hope. To date there are no known Khvarshi who have come to the refreshing grace of Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that true believers representing God’s love will come to the Khvarshi people. Pray that God’s grace and kindness will flow across bridges of friendship. Pray that times of refreshing will come spiritually, emotionally, and economically to the Khvarshi people per the promise of Isaiah 61:4.