Daily Topic for August 26, 2017

Jn 10:11-12, NKJV
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.

Pray for the Bakkarwal shepherds to see that the only shepherd they should follow is Jesus Christ, who gave his life to save mankind from sin.

Bakkarwal People

by CMW

In a documentary by Rajesh Kaul, two Bakkarwal men are shown discussing a lost goat. One man says, “I’ve been searching all day. Was it eaten by a wolf or a leopard? Or taken by a farmer or a thief?” His interlocutor responds, “You need to produce the goat. It must have got caught somewhere. Go and search for it again.” Does that sound like a story in the Bible? The shepherd in the parable was willing to search long and hard for his one lost sheep.
The Bakkarwal people of Kashmir practice Sunni Islam. They are goat herders by tradition. They practice migration according to the seasons, moving down the mountains in winter in search of greener pasture for their herds. Bakkarwal women spin wool from goat hair and make it into colorful hats. Weavers turn the wool into blankets.
In the last few decades, Kashmir has seen much fighting between the Indian government and Muslim separatists. The Bakkarwal and their flocks have been seriously threatened by terrorists. Consequently, they have had to abandon their nomadic lifestyle and livelihood, remaining in the foothills. Their communities suffer from lack of infrastructure and employment opportunities.

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Pray for the good shepherd to “find” these Himalayan lost “sheep.” May the Bakkarwal come to know how much God cares for them. May they soon heed the call of God.

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