Daily Topic for August 25, 2017

Gen 16:11-12, NET
Then the LORD’s angel said to her, “You are now pregnant and are about to give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard your painful groans. He will be a wild donkey of a man. He will be hostile to everyone, and everyone will be hostile to him. He will live away from his brothers.”

Pray for the Lord to raise up many from Muslim communities in Kashmir like the Bafindas to bring about peace where there is now strife and conflict.

Bafinda People

by TP

Freedom at Midnight tells the story of South Asia’s independence from Great Britain. At the stroke of midnight, the Indian sub-continent was divided into Muslim East and West Pakistan and Hindu India. In between was Jammu and Kashmir, divided between Hindus and Muslims. Two years ago the area was in the news over explosions by rebels who would like Kashmir to be a part of Pakistan because it has a Muslim majority.
Some of my colleagues in India were Kashmiri Christians. However, today’s people, the Bafinda, are 100 percent Muslim. If there are Muslim-background believers (MBB) among this people, they are unknown. The Bafinda were originally cotton weavers, but with the importation of machine-made cloth, they branched out into carpet weaving and other industries. The actual number of Bafinda is unclear because population estimates widely range from 14,000 (see Joshua Project) to 348,000 (see Peoplegroups.org)! Although gospel materials are available in Kashmiri, the Bafinda are said to speak Dogri or Kashmiri. Those speaking or reading Kashmiri or Urdu may access the gospel in Bibles, the JESUS Film, audio format, and radio broadcasts.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these people seek freedom in Christ, not political revolution. Pray that churches will adopt this group. Pray that the Holy Spirit will foster an abiding interest in Jesus and that the Bafinda will seek access to scriptures, Bible radio, and audio broadcasts. Pray that the JESUS Film will become popular among the Bafinda people. Pray for spiritual growth and protection of individual MBB and congregations.

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