Daily Topic for March 22, 2014
God expresses honor to each people, while lovingly inviting them to the light of life so they will not walk in darkness. Pride in one’s heritage is admirable; but humility before God is the key to grace and the fruit of the Spirit, both of which are deeply needed in the Archi world.
Pray that the Archis’ ethnic pride will not stand in the way of their willingness to surrender to the true and living God.
The weather-beaten face of the aged Archi man shook back and forth negatively. An inquiring visitor had asked this patriarch, “Where did the Archi people originate from?” “Nowhere!” he responded emphatically. “Other people come from us!”
The rugged Archi people fiercely cling to their ancient identity. They are so fierce in their identity that they conclude that they are not the off-shoots of anyone.
The distinct Archi language is spoken in eight Archi mountain villages with a total population of at least 2000 Archis. Russian government pressure tried to classify the Archi under the language category of their nearby neighbors, the Avar, but the Archi never internally agreed. Most use Avar for writing, though some write in the Russian language, but the Archi spoken language is alive and well in village families.
The Archi have observed strict Sunni Islam for over 1000 years. Islam in these mountain villages is a blend of the Five Pillars and ancient superstitious practices, such as veneration of sacred trees.
The Archi are shepherds, and are renowned for their weaving and vigorous defense of their honor; but they are not renowned for the qualities of mercy and grace, which have often been in short supply in this culture. No representatives of Jesus’ grace, kindness, and mercy have yet found their way into Archi communities.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the gospel of grace and the love of Jesus to find its way into the Archi world. Pray that the Word will be infused into Archi culture through creative efforts. Pray for receptive Archi hearts.