Daily Topic for April 21, 2017
Pray that the Bosniaks will place their identity in nothing less than Christ alone.
(This fictitious encounter is intended to explain the beliefs of this people group.)
“Sit still and listen!” the father chided. He waited for his three young sons to stop squirming and look up at him. “Are you ready to hear a story of what it means to be a Bosniak?” The youngest of the boys said, “Daddy, you’ve told us this before.” The father nodded. “And I will tell it to you again and again until you learn who you are.”
The father nodded and pointed at his oldest son. “Tell us, Aljin, what does it mean to be a Bosniak?” The boy thought for a moment. “As you have told us, it means that we come from Bosnia.” When he paused, his father prodded, “Yes. And what else?” “Being Bosniak means being Muslim.” The father smiled, pleased by this response.
Many Bosniaks fled their homeland during the Bosnian War (1992-1995), a conflict that involved ethnic cleansing. Approximately 4,700 now reside in Belgium and the Netherlands.
There are very few followers of Christ among the Bosniaks in diaspora or in their homeland. They have been Muslim since the 15th and 16th centuries.
Pray for mission workers in Belgium and the Netherlands to recognize and take advantage of this opportunity to share the gospel with an unreached people group now residing in their country. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bosniaks and draw them into relationship with the Father.
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