Daily Topic for December 17, 2011

Matthew 2:2b
…We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.

Some people today believe that these Gentile astrologers were the ancestors of today’s Kurds. They were determined to see the Savior of the world. These people knew very little about the God of Abraham, yet they were willing to seek out the baby Jesus at great peril to their lives. Could it be that there are people in today’s world from a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist background who are also seeking the Savior?

Pray that frontier missionaries today will find those who are seeking truth. Pray that truth seekers will encounter Truth, and the Truth will set them free.

Kurds in Syria

by JR

The Kurds have been a people without a national home for many years.
Pockets of Kurds live in several countries in the Middle East. Currently, many of them are involved in a struggle for freedom and recognition which they have never had in Syria. In Syria they have a population of 1,700,000. The Kurds lost their Syrian citizenship when the Baath Party took over in 1962. “I did two years national service in the army and then my elder brother told me I had no Syrian nationality,” said Firharad, a Kurdish grandfather of 20 and a resident of a small village in Syria. He then broke down in tears as he recalled a lifetime of limited employment and discrimination. His wife died two years earlier when she was refused heart surgery on the grounds that she was not a proper Syrian citizen. (http://www.ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2011/6/syriakurd329.htm)
As of April, 2011, President Bashar Al-Assad issued a new decree allowing Kurds Syrian citizenship. This could potentially affect 150,000 Kurds, such as Firharad, who are currently registered as “foreigners” because of the 1962 decree. To Kurdish leader Habib Ibrahim, the change is far short of what he and Kurds with him are working toward, which is democracy and civil rights for the whole of Syria.

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Pray that the Sunni Muslim Kurds in Syria will find not only political freedom, but also spiritual freedom in Christ.

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