Daily Topic for March 11, 2017

Romans 8:17, NIV
Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Pray that the Antsukh people will put their identity in Christ alone, not in their status.

Antsukh Avar People

The middle-aged Antsukh man by the name of Ismail exclaimed, “I’m Antsukh, I’m Avar, I’m Dagestani, and I’m a Russian citizen!” Identity is a complicated thing high in the southern mountains of the Russian province of Dagestan.
Ismail’s leading identity comes from his native Antsukh language. Antsukh shares commonalities with the larger Avar language family, but is so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible to those who speak Avar. The Antsukh language is spoken in nearly 60 villages and towns in this region, including in one village—Tivi—across the border in northeastern Georgia.
In the second decade of the 21st century, Antsukh Avars are justifiably proud that one of their own was selected as President of the Russian province [Republic] of Dagestan. Pride—both a strength and a weakness—has never been in short supply among the mountainous Muslim Antsukh people. They are renowned for high levels of pride, resistance to change, and xenophobic suspicion toward outsiders. All of these traits have kept the people from being humble enough to embrace the sovereign Savior.

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Pray for grace and the fruit of the Spirit to come to the Antsukh. For centuries the region has been beset by power struggles and violence. Pray for representatives of the love of Jesus to find ways to tell the Antsukh about Christ. Pray that those who want to know God personally will rise above what they have known for centuries and have courage to respond to the gospel.

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