Daily Topic for April 24, 2017

Matthew 3:11, NET
I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I am--I am not worthy to carry His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Pray for the Shi’ite Muslim Azerbaijanis in Europe to seek and find the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Azerbaijanis in Belgium

by EC

Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire to its people. This name refers to an ancient belief that the country is a place where sacred fire is found and preserved. Today, the Land of Fire’s rich oil resources have elevated the nation to a place of significance within the European Union. In particular, Belgium, where there are about 1,000 Azerbaijanis living in its northern regions, has been willing to offer benefits like visa liberalization to incoming Azerbaijanis in order to secure a strategic relationship with the Azerbaijani government. However, despite Azerbaijan’s economic prosperity, it is a country plagued by severe political and military corruption and a failure to preserve human rights.
According to the Joshua Project, about 87 percent of Azerbaijanis in Belgium are Muslim. Only one percent of the people are Christian. However, Azerbaijan itself is a very progressive and secular Islamic nation. Belgium, which is primarily Roman Catholic, gradually seeks to reduce Christian influence from its public life by doing things like secularizing the names of Christian holidays. To the Azerbaijanis in Belgium, religion can be a meaningless identifier. With the threat of marginalization and alienation from the wider Belgian society affecting all Muslim immigrants, there is an urgent need for disciples of Christ to reach out to the growing Azerbaijani population.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the all-consuming fire of God to purify and redeem these men and women from the Land of Fire.

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