Daily Topic for March 15, 2017

Song of Solomon 2:4, NKJV
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Pray that the Tsakhur people will seek and find the intense love of the One whose banner over them is love.

Tsakhur People

“Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect” (Song of Solomon, 1:6, NIV). To the Russians and Azerbaijanis, the Tsakhurs are, “the wild mountain ones, primitive, with dark features.” In the southern reaches of Tsakhur territory, they do tend vineyards, although sheepherding and working with wool are the primary economic features of Tsakhur village life.
The 30,000 Tsakhur are a proud mountain people, living in villages in Dagestan, Russia and in neighboring Azerbaijan. Tsakhur were ruled by their own sultanate for centuries. The Tsakhur are famous for their proverbs and love of wisdom. Tsakhur history is a rich tapestry of rugged beauty and communal identity, but one also beset with tragedy.
Islam gained ascendancy in the Tsakhur world a millennium ago, and at the present moment there are no known Tsakhurs who are infused with the grace of Jesus and His life-transforming Spirit.

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Pray for bridges of respect and friendship from bearers of the gospel of Jesus to expand in the Tsakhur world. Pray for wide listening and understanding of an oral recording of the Gospel of Luke in Tsakhur finished in 2008, and for effective distribution of a brilliant audio version (2013) of the Book of Proverbs in Tsakhur. Pray for key relationships to grow, via a creative linguistic work which began two years ago.


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