Daily Topic for March 21, 2014
Dagestan is a hostile region for sharing the life-giving gospel. Not only are the people suspicious of outsiders, but Muslims usually view followers of Christ as being at least somewhat heretical and people to be avoided. But throughout the world God has placed “people of peace” as Jesus called them. These are people who welcome gospel messengers and give them the opportunity to share their Savior.
In light of this, pray for more “men and women of peace” among the Didoi to welcome the love of Christ. Pray for the Father (Matthew 9:38) to send the right people at the right time into the right relationships, bringing the grace and power of Jesus into the Didoi world.
The Muslim Didoi people—also known as Tsez—have lived on the edge over the past couple of decades! First, their location in the southwest corner of Dagestan became ‘the edge’ of Russia when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. Immediately south is the non-Russian nation of Georgia. Second, internal power struggles in Dagestan have left the Didoi people on “the edge” of Dagestani life. Third, in 2012 mysterious fires started breaking out in a number of Didoi communities, devastating whole villages; then, the Dagestani military took over the whole region. The name of one burned out village, Khutra, by translation literally means “The Edge.” Due to the above mentioned political and security problems, the Didoi region—at least 38 total villages—has been very upset, on edge, for several years.
Will this crisis among the 20,000 Didoi lead to new openness to the love of Christ? Caring believers have reached out to the suffering Didoi people, but they have been mostly blocked by Dagestani politics and powers. However, in 2013 in far northern Dagestan, a Didoi man came to Jesus!
Pray for the Spirit of God to work through this first Didoi believer to reach his family and clan and extended relationships for Christ. The Didoi are known as “the Eagle People.” Pray that the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit will help them “rise up with wings as eagles, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint”(Isaiah 40:31).