Daily Topic for March 21, 2011

Mark 1:15
“The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus is announcing a new era. He is ushering in the Kingdom of God. Our response should be to repent and believe the good news in such a way that it leads to a new life that will draw others to Him. This is exactly what we are calling the unreached Hindus, Buddhists, shamanists, and Muslims to do. Your prayers are a part of extending His Kingdom. What a joy and a privilege!

Pray for His Kingdom to extend into the hearts of the unreached nations.

Altai People

by PD

Instead of wearing animal skins, Altai (Oirat) shaman Anton Ydanov wears jeans and t-shirts. He works and lives in Gorno-Altaisk, the capital city of the Altai Republic. His grandfather, whose monument stands in the center of Gorno Altasik, was one of the few shamans who survived the persecution initiated by Stalin in the 1930s.

Anton shared what it is like to be a shaman. “Regrettably I, like many other Altai shamans, had to suppress our great spiritual heritage because of persecution. At 50 I took my rightful place in our spiritual realm and now I, like other Altai shamans, travel to other worlds through the highest universal wave of nature to heal others without the use of musical instruments or special dress. You see, we have a double. We depart our bodies through a powerful light that moves out of our body through our nose, and then we communicate with the Jajyk and Sary-Jajyk spirits of the upper and middle worlds. I heal people this way.”

With a population of only 70,000, the Altais are experiencing a revival of their folk religion that involves shamans. The movement is known as bukhanist. Early missionaries did have an influence, and there is a small number who are Orthodox Christians. They need to be encouraged.

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Pray that God will quickly saturate His gospel truth into the hearts of the Altai people. Pray that the revival of shamanism and ritual worship will be replaced by a “revival” of love for Jesus Christ.

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