Daily Topic for March 20, 2017
Pray that the Tsudakar people will behold His glory, and recognize that He is the only source of the grace they need.
If you want to find a furry hat in a Russian city, ask around for the Tsudakar Dargin men, and before long you’ll have the hat you’re looking for. The 20,000+ Tsudakar people hail from central Dagestan. Many Tsudakar speak Dargin and Russian, but their heart identity is as Tsudakar people.
The Tsudakar people have been staunch Muslims for more than 600 years. Islam in central Dagestan is not only a religion; it also is interwoven with the structure of society. The male council of elders in each village oversees religious behavior and communal decisions. There is great pride in Islamic identity, but when conflicts emerge, there is little chance for reconciliation. As they approach death, how can they know if they will receive uncertain grace from Allah, whom they view as a stern and distant God?
Among the Tsudakar, one person, Sef-utdin (not his real name), has found the grace of Jesus for life now and for all eternity. A Russian friend was delivered from drunkenness through Jesus, and through this friend Sef-utdin found the joy of salvation himself. Now he wears not only a beautiful Tsudakar Dargin hat, but also “the helmet of salvation.”
Pray that the helmet of salvation, which adorns Sef-utdin’s head, will soon be worn by many more Tsudakar hat sellers. Pray that the fruit of the Spirit will spread through many Tsudakar lives, families, clans, and villages.
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