Daily Topic for March 03, 2017

Acts 16:14-15, NKJV
Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

Pray for a first “Lydia” among the Karata to courageously respond to the resurrection power of Jesus. Pray for many Karata people to have the courage to find the spiritual direction that will lead to the cross.

Karata (accent on last syllable) People

Mountains rise upward toward the sky in the Karata region. Near one river valley the mountains tower to nearly 7000 feet. Three miles away the mountain ridge rises to 8500 feet!
The 6400 Karata people of western Dagestan live in 10 major villages in this mountainous region and speak their distinctive Karata language. The Karata have been Sunni Muslim for more than 500 years.
Jesus said of the rich young ruler that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The Karata people are not plagued by riches, but by barriers that are higher than their mountain ranges. Pride, defense of tradition, and penalties against violating “collective conformity” are three major barriers facing a Karata person who would consider a new spiritual option.
On the other hand, in Dagestani cultures such as the Karata there is a deep, abiding hunger for unselfish overflowing love and true spiritual power. A courageous person will even fight his or her way through the eye of a needle to find such pure love. We know many stories such as this from within Dagestan. It has not yet happened for the first Karata person.

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Pray for loving Christian friends to honor the Karata language and culture and become “bridge people” into Karata relationships. Pray for believers to show the Karata the way to the One who has an unselfish, overflowing love for them.

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