Daily Topic for April 19, 2017
Pray that we will heed what Christ told the apostles and seek to take His Name to every nation rather than think about how the Kingdom will benefit us personally.
Ari (name changed for security reasons), a 22-year-old Kurdish refugee, sat outside his tent in a Brussels park among many other tents. He had a harrowing flight from war in Iraq. He and his companions experienced torture, robbery, and beatings from “authorities” in Iraq and some European countries. Eventually Ari was rescued by the Greek Coast Guard from an unsafe boat containing 41 passengers. Though they were hungry, their greatest need was safety, and they eventually found this in Belgium. Ari would need to learn the language and find a job. For now he was too tired to even think about the future.
The 29,000 Kurds in Belgium and the Netherlands speak Kurmanji, and they share a common culture and sense of identity. Kurdish family ties, traditions, Islamic practices, and beliefs tend to hide problems in their society. Ninety-nine percent of the Kurds are Sunni Muslims. Many consider Islam an oasis of social justice. Some Kurds practice secret and unorthodox rituals, adding to the spiritual darkness. The teachings of Christ can free them to experience the abundant life, if they would only let Him into their hearts.
Thank the Lord that all Kurdish Bible resources are available. Thank the Lord for efforts to help war-weary Kurds get re-established outside of Iraq. Pray for church planting and discipleship to abound among these people so they can experience His abundant life.
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