Daily Topic for March 10, 2017

Isaiah 60:1-3, NKJV
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Pray for this blessing to come to the Batlukh and Gid villages.

Batlukh and Gid Avar (Pronounced “Geed”)

The strong separation of male and female in society and in work roles is the way not only of the Batlukh/Gid peoples and the Avar, but of all mountain peoples in Dagestan. Transgression of these strict separate roles is enforced by shame. For example, one mountain village in Dagestan is known as “The Village Where a Man Milked a Cow.” That is a shameful designation.
Women’s work covers everything related to the house, the harvest, and the animals. Men are responsible for security, plowing, sowing and cutting hay. One objective observer in a Dagestani mountain village concluded that the strict division of labor leaves about 70 percent of the work done by the women and 30 percent done by the men. The locals would say, “That’s the way it has always been.”
There are many historic strengths in these cultures and qualities of beauty, but the fruit of the Spirit is deeply needed to release locked-up potential. This region has been fiercely Muslim for hundreds of years, and people have been blocked from working in their communities.

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Pray for the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the infusing strength of the Holy Spirit to come to Batlukh and Gid villages. Pray for bridges of true friendship to be built from representatives of Jesus’ grace to friends within these villages. Pray for courage among people of peace to respond to the gospel.


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