Daily Topic for March 05, 2015

Daniel 4:32a, NIV

What is central to your identity? It is easy for a king like Nebuchadnezzar to wrap his identity in his powerful position, or for someone to identify with their ethnicity. But God in His love can break even the most proud king, the most ardent nationalist, and anyone else whom He chooses to break.

Pray that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Crimean Tatars to acknowledge the Lord of creation.

Crimean Tatars

by LR

The mother bit her lip as she leaned close to the computer. She and her husband searched the footage of a security camera, hoping to witness their son’s abduction. This scene has repeated itself again and again as young pro-Ukrainian Crimean Tatar men continue to “disappear” from the Crimean Peninsula in recent months. Since the annexation of Crimea by the Russians, many Crimean Tatar homes have been marked by Russian militiamen, and silent protesters have disappeared.

Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has sent shock waves throughout the Crimean Tatar community. A possibly rigged vote indicated a large number of Crimean Tatars prefer the annexation, but many of them desire to remain with Ukraine. Many are also being denied Russian citizenship which could affect their rights to own land, to travel, or to have access to schools and healthcare.

Nearly 98 percent of the 248,200 Crimean Tatars live in a part of Ukraine that has been annexed to Russia. The Crimean Tatars are a Turkic people who have often suffered persecution from Russia. They are mostly nominal Muslims, mixing animistic beliefs with unique customs.

With only 0.01 percent putting their faith in Christ, the Crimean Tatars still have no complete Bible or fellowship. However the number of believers is now increasing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Crimean Tatars will soon hear about and learn about Jesus who loves them and wants to be their Lord and Savior.

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