Daily Topic for March 13, 2017

1 Peter 1:7-9, NKJV
...that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.

Pray that the preciousness of Jesus will become very real to Kubachi leaders. Pray that these proud people will exchange their pride in their own abilities for thankfulness to the God who gave them such skills.

Kubachi (accent on last syllable) People

In the high mountain village of Kubachi, metalwork has been produced for centuries. The secrets of their methods have been carefully guarded from generation to generation. Their famous swords, necklaces, fine goblets, and intricate silver work are a source of pride for them.
The distinct Kubachi language of Kubachi town is mutually unintelligible to those who speak the languages in all the surrounding villages in this Dargin region of south central Dagestan. At least 7000 Kubachi live in their fog-shrouded central village and in several Kubachi enclaves in Dagestani cities. Honor is a central theme of the Kubachi tradition, and strong prohibitions inhibit any Kubachi from marrying outside the guarded circle.
For more than 10 centuries, Islam has blended in with the proud Kubachi culture. Rigid defense of Kubachi traditions and rigid defense of Islam often go hand in hand. Is there hope of grace for this proud and guarded people?

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Pray that courageous Kubachi people will understand that honor comes from the one true God and not from created things. Pray that the hope of I Peter 1:7 will spread through the Kubachi people, ... that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Thanks to the Lord—in 2015 there was the beginning of friendly relationships from representatives of Jesus’ love to several key men in the Kubachi world.

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