Daily Topic for March 12, 2017

Acts 17:26, NKJV
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings... .

God expresses honor to each person while lovingly inviting them to the light of life, so they will not walk in darkness. Pride in one’s heritage is admirable; but humility before God is essential for anyone who wishes to approach the Almighty.

Pray for the Archi people to experience the liberating freedom of humility before the Lord of lords.

Archi People

The weather-beaten scowling face of the aged Archi man shook back and forth. An inquiring visitor had asked this patriarch, “Who did the Archi people originate from?” He responded emphatically, “All other people came from us!”
High in the southern mountains of Dagestan, the rugged Archi people tenaciously cling to their ancient proud understanding of themselves. They are so stubborn in their identity that they conclude that they preceded all other peoples.
The distinct Archi language is spoken in eight Archi mountain villages, with a total population of at least 2000. The Russian government has tried to include the Archi under the language category of their nearby neighbors, the Avars, but the Archi never internally agreed to this. Avar is utilized for writing, and secondarily they use the Russian language; but the Archi spoken language is alive and well among village families.
The Archi have observed strict Sunni Islam for over 1000 years. Islam in their mountain villages is a blend of the Five Pillars and ancient superstitious practices, such as veneration of sacred trees, which is common to folk Islam. No representatives of Jesus’ grace have yet found their way into Archi communities.

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Pray for the gospel of grace and the love of Jesus to be brought into the Archi world through true friends. Pray that the Word of God will be infused into Archi culture by creative efforts. Pray that the Word will find its way into receptive Archi hearts.

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