Daily Topic for November 13, 2017

2 Samuel 22:33, NET
The one true God is my mighty refuge; he removes the obstacles in my way.

Pray that the Lord will soon become the refuge for the Crimean Tatars of Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Crimean Tatars of Kyrgyzstan and Russia

by WM

“Get out! Quick!” Shouts and the sounds of soldier’s boots rang through the house. Arire sat up in bed in sudden shock, her heart pounding. What was happening? The orders of the Soviet soldiers could not be ignored. Arire desperately grabbed what few clothes and belongings she could before she and her family were forced out of their home.
It was May 18, 1944. Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin, had ordered the deportation of every Crimean Tatar from their homeland as punishment for supposed collaboration with the Nazis. Starting that day, 200,000 people were loaded onto trains and taken to Soviet Central Asia. Thousands died along the way.
Today, their descendants still live there. Among countries in the region, Kyrgyzstan was once home to about 45,000 Tatars, but this number has decreased, as many have at last returned to Crimea. The ones that remain continue to hold onto their own language and customs.
All Crimean Tatars, in Kyrgyzstan or elsewhere, are Sunni Muslims. There are not yet any disciples of Christ found among them in Kyrgyzstan, and there are no current effort to reach them. The Tatars in Kyrgyzstan are far from Christ, as they are far from their homeland.

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Pray that just as the Crimean Tatars in Kyrgyzstan desire to return to Crimea, they would also desire to “return” into the presence of the God who seeks them. Pray that this desire would be satisfied and that they would find their true home in Christ.

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