Daily Topic for March 16, 2010

Mk. 11:17
My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Returning to Jerusalem and entering the temple, Jesus began driving out those who were buying and selling there. In an act of righteous judgment, Jesus upset tables and benches and prevented anyone from carrying merchandise through the temple courts. Merchants had been using the fore court (a place set aside as a court of prayer for the Gentiles) for fraudulent activities. Jesus’ action restored this court as a place where the Gentiles could worship according to God’s original intention (1 Kings 8:43).

Pray that the Lord will open our eyes so that we may see how our ignorance and selfishness might keep other peoples from coming to Him.

Budug People of Azerbaijan and Russia

by PD

“Mayor, what has happened to your Budug village? Where are your people?” An Azerbaijani teacher from the town of Quba was checking the status of educational opportunities for children in the mountain villages. The Budug mayor replied, “Ten years ago there were about 70 families in our village. We now have only seven left, and most of them are the older people who still try to farm and keep livestock. Families just could not make it. We have no doctor, school or opportunities for work. The condition of the road keeps us isolated. Almost all of them have left to live in Quba. I do not think we Budugs will survive as a culture. Only a few of us can speak our language, and we rarely use it. It is sad. I’m also concerned about the young people. They no longer want to pray in the mosque, and they drink too much.”

Back in the 1968 Azerbaijani census, there were only about 1,000 Budug people in the country. The migration of the Budug people away from their villages and the demand that they use the Azerbaijani language may lead to the loss of their language and identity as a unique people group. Most of them are currently living as cultural Muslims.

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Pray that these people will be touched by God’s servants and introduced to their teacher and savior, Jesus Christ.

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