Daily Topic for March 30, 2017

John 1:16-17, NIV
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

This month we have prayed almost daily for people groups that lack the grace of God in their communities. The results have been tragic for centuries.

Pray that every people group we have prayed for this month will crave and accept the grace of Jesus, and spread it to others.

Abaza People

Twenty-five hundred years ago the Greek historian, Herodotus, noted that Greek seafarers encountered a tribe named the Abaza along the eastern shores of the Black Sea. The descendants of the Abaza later migrated northeastward into the Caucasus Mountains, and became devotedly Muslim over the past 1000 years.
A war-like people, the Abaza have known little mercy. Many died in the Caucasus Wars with the Russian Empire in the middle of the 19th century. The Abaza now live in at least 14 towns and villages in the mountain region of Karachai-Cherkessia in southern Russia. Their ancient language is fascinating—it functions with 63 consonant sounds and only two vowels!

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Among the 43,000 Abaza, there are only 10 known believers; pray for these courageous ones, who are carriers of the desperately-needed grace of Jesus for their people. When they have His Word in their heart language, it will be much easier to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32, NIV). The fruit of the Spirit can start to grow and spread throughout the culture. Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the Abaza to embody the forgiveness and kindness of Jesus to all whom they meet. Pray for a fledgling effort which is barely underway, to begin translating portions of the New Testament into the difficult Abaza language. Thank the Lord that in the last three years, two new prayer movements in the international church have begun to pray for the Abaza people.

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