Daily Topic for November 16, 2017

Romans 1:16, NET
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to reach the Jewish Burkhara people in Uzbekistan and Israel.

Burkhara Jews in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

by PD

(This story illustrates problems faced by this people group.)
Sarah, an Israeli visiting some relatives in Bukhara, Uzbekistan for the first time was shocked to see almost no one was attending the Sabbath services at the old synagogue in the center of the city. She asked the young Jewish community leader why no one was attending. He replied, “There are so few of us. We should be listed as an endangered species. We can’t always get enough people for a synagogue service that requires at least 10 men to come.”
The youngest man in the synagogue is 21 years old, and he wants to be a rabbi. To do this, he will have to leave for Israel or Russia because in Bukhara there is no Jewish religious study institution.
The Burkhara Jews are of Persian descent, and they originate in Central Asia. The largest number in Central Asia live in Uzbekistan. Almost all those who once lived in Kyrgyzstan have left for Israel. Today most of their families are living in Israel or America. Why are they leaving Central Asia? Persecution is increasing, and Burkhara Jews are finding it harder to find work.

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Pray that Messianic Jewish believers will reach out to the Bukhara Jews. Pray that they will disciple them in the ways of the Lord. Pray that all Bukharas will have the chance to experience the saving grace of their Messiah Jesus.

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