Daily Topic for November 23, 2017

Romans 3:25, NIV
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished ...

Pray that the Shughni people will soon realize that the blood of Christ is all they need to be freed from eternal punishment for sin.

Shughni People in Tajikistan

by AS

If you enter a Shughni house, you must reverence the spirits of his ancestors by greeting the main column holding up the roof, called the shastan; otherwise the master of the house will be offended. Despite these and similar animistic customs, all 119,000 Shughni claim to be followers of Islam. There are also no mosques in their small villages. Their ethnic identity is based on their religion. They send out missionaries to convert other Islamic groups to their brand of religion. At the same time, much of their doctrine is kept secret. They keep themselves separate from Tajiks who follow a different form of Islam.
The Shughni live in the rugged Pamir Mountains on each side of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. They speak a language which is distinct from Tajiki, but in order to communicate with others, they also speak Tajiki and Russian. A small group also speaks a dialect of their language called Rushani.
Although they are isolated from Christian influences, Bible portions have been translated into Shughni. Global Recordings Network (GRN) has recorded evangelistic messages and Bible stories in their main language as well as in Rushani, in Tajiki, and in Russian. They are hard to reach with the gospel message. Their press outlets are restricted as are news and social-media websites.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that despite the restrictions, the Lord will open a door for the Shughni people to hear the good news of the gospel that can set them free from spiritual bondage.

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