Daily Topic for March 09, 2017

Romans 12:17-19, NKJV
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Pray for the Lord to give the Ghunzib and their Bezhta neighbors faith to believe and act upon this key verse. May they have a healthy fear of God and joy in obeying His ways.

Ghunzib People

The Ghunzib are a noble people with carefully guarded ancient traditions. They are also renowned for their quarrels with neighboring mountain peoples. The practice of “honor vengeance” is wide spread among the mountain peoples of Dagestan. Cycles of violence and alienation are all too common. Disputes may be over animals, over a land boundary, over something relating to women and marriage, or over a contested political upheaval. “Honor vengeance” usually results in a retaliatory attack, and the cycle goes on.
The Ghunzib live in five high mountain villages in extreme southwestern Dagestan. Their distinctive Ghunzib language is mutually unintelligible from their nearby neighbors, the Bezhtas. Both peoples use Russian as a common language. Ghunzib is spoken by at least 2500 people in Dagestan and in neighboring northeastern Georgia. These villages have been 100 percent Muslim for over 600 years, with mosques restored in each village in the last two decades.

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Pray that men and women of peace among the Ghunzib will understand that “keeping away from strife is an honor for a man” (Proverbs 20:3); and that vengeance will only lead to continual strife. Pray that true Christian friends will honor the Ghunzib and bring the good news to this people in their heart language.

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