Daily Topic for November 23, 2015

Ephesians 2:4-5, NLT
But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

Imagine a God so rich in mercy and love that He gives life to the spiritually dead! All this comes because of His grace; He gives freely, not as a payment.

Pray that the Kurdish people will understand and embrace the mercy, love, and life-giving qualities of the true God.—KC

Turkish-speaking Kurds

by JR

It would be difficult to miss a group of nearly six million people! But in fact, this crowd, those Kurds who speak Turkish, is one of the smaller segments of the Kurdish people, who make up about 25-30 million people.
Kurds have traditionally lived a nomadic lifestyle, broken up into smaller tribes across a region. More recently, though, this has been changing in favor of more settled lives as farmers.
All of the Turkish-speaking Kurds are known to live within Turkey. For years, they have been viewed as a threat to Turkish society and discriminated against. Until recently it was a crime to speak a Kurdish language in public in Turkey.
Following World War I, the Kurds were promised their own homeland. But then the treaty makers backed out of their commitment in order to please the new Turkish regime. Ever since that time the Kurds have been without a proper homeland. Kurdish tribes have made the situation worse by not being unified.
Kurds in Turkey have held to Islamic rituals and practices rather loosely through the years; yet they are devoted to nominal Islam. Those who adhere to religion are more likely to embrace Zoroastrianism, which predates Islam.

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Pray that the eyes of the Turkish-speaking Kurds would be opened to the love of God for them. Pray that divisions among the Kurds would no longer hinder them from becoming all that God desires for them.

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