Daily Topic for November 15, 2017

John 1:17, NET
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Karachay people of Kazakhstan to embrace the grace and truth that comes only from Jesus Christ.

Karachay People of Kyrgyzstan

by EC

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6: 12, NIV
The Karachay people have a history marked with warfare and political oppression. Today, with the exception of 50 known Jesus followers, the entirety of the Karachay’s population follows Islam. This spiritual background dates back to the 14th Century when the Karachays were conquered and forcibly converted to Islam. Five hundred years later, the Karachay were conquered by Russia. During World War II, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin deported the Karachays to Central Asia, a tragic event that led to the death of 35 percent of their population.
Today, the Karachay people have repopulated the southwestern Russian province of Karachay-Cherkessia, though some remain in Kyrgyzstan. The Karachay community highly regard their Islamic cultural identity and traditions and are divided into clans known as tukums. There is a strong sense of duty and loyalty within tukums, though the confines of their religious traditions leave little room for forgiving grace. In Karachay culture, the need to take vengeance is considered the norm, and cowardice is considered the most appalling characteristic for a male.

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Pray for the liberation from spiritual forces of evil and bondage afflicting the Karachay people. Pray that the courage and majesty of Jesus’ selfless death on the cross would win hearts among them.

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