Daily Topic for December 14, 2010

Exodus 22: 21
Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.

Perhaps one of the reasons why the children of Israel were allowed to suffer so long in Egypt was that they would know what it was like to be oppressed. Then they would not mistreat foreigners once they became a nation. It was clear that their God wanted them to show justice to aliens when they became a nation, to show the world what could happen when people follow the One True God.

Pray that you and the people of your land will demonstrate justice and mercy to the aliens in your midst.

Albanians in Egypt

by TP

Here is a quiz:
1) Where was the Panpipe apparently invented?
2) Where do many Sunni Muslims marry Christians?
3) Which people circumcise and baptize their children?
4) What people are famous among ethnomusicologists for polyphonic folk songs?
5) What European language is all that remains of ancient Illyrian?
6) Which medieval culture continued into the 20th century?

1) Albania
2) Albania
3) Albanian Sunni Muslims
4) Albanians
5) Albanian
6) Halstadt Albanian

So what has Albania to do with Egypt, this month’s prayer topic? About 23,000 Tosk-speaking Shqip Albanians live in Egypt. They frequent coffee houses where they sing traditional polyphonic folk songs.
Tosk-speaking Albanians have been in Egypt at least since the late 1700s. Yet despite their attitudes of religious toleration and open-mindedness, fewer than two percent are Christian. Sadly, there are no current efforts to plant churches among them in Egypt. However, the Bible is available in their language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will use Trans World Radio broadcasts in Tosk to reach and disciple Tosk-speaking Shqip Abanians of Egypt. Pray that He will send church planters and disciplers, and that Christian ethnomusicologists will help believers develop ethnically sensitive church music to nourish, nurture and evangelize Albanians in Egypt.

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