Daily Topic for March 08, 2017

Luke 24:26-27, NKJV
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things.”

Pray that the Ginukh and the neighboring peoples of Dagestan will truly understand the meaning of repentance before a holy God.

Ginukh People

If you get to the steep mountains where Georgia, Russia (Dagestan), and Azerbaijan come together in the Caucasus Mountain Range, you’re in the vicinity of the Ginukh people who live mainly in one large village speaking their own language. When the Ginukh need to communicate with their neighbors, they resort to Russian.
In Dagestan there are 600 to 1000 Ginukh-speakers, with small numbers also living in several Ginukh enclaves in the northern lowlands. They raise sheep and cattle as part of their subsistence agricultural economy. They know where the boundaries of their pasture lands are, bordering with Bezhta territory up on the ridge to the east and with Didoi pasture lands to the west.
The Ginukh have been Sunni Muslims since the 8th century, with strong elements of animism, magic, and the occult mixed in. God loves the Ginukh people. As His Word tells us in Acts 17:26, God honors the distinct Ginukh culture and language. But to date, grace has not broken through. When Jesus told His disciples in Luke 24 that, “repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all ethne,” He was thinking of people like the Ginukh.

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Pray for carriers of Jesus’ grace to become friends of the Ginukh people. Pray that those who believe in Jesus will come and honor the remarkable Ginukh language and help preserve it. Pray that oral recordings of the good news will soon be prepared in their heart language.

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