Muslim HajjamOct 16, 2015 01:00 amToday's Devotional1 Peter 1:11, NIV "...trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow."An important principle often observed in God’s Word is the relationship between suffering and glory; the two appear to be inseparable. Peter’s first epistle highlights this theme, and Paul elsewhere speaks of our “light, momentary affliction” producing an eternal weight of glory. We want to help disciple all the nations. But we must understand that this will come only as many are willing to sacrifice and suffer. Frontier missionaries must go to new fields, and zealous laymen must send, pray, and give of their funds. Oh the glory when we see new believers joining the company of the redeemed!Pray that the Father will lead His workers through suffering into wonderful glory.—DDToday's People Group(This story is intended to illustrate what happens in the lives of this people group.)Abu Hajjam opened the Kisbatnama. A young man just starting his trade, he reviewed the manual for being a barber. He read again that Allah first ordered the Archangel Gabriel to shave Adam. Having learned the trade from this, Adam taught the barber art to the Prophet Solomon. Reading the Kisbatnama made Abu feel important. Everyone in Pakistan needed the services of a barber to look their best for important events. Their blades even performed the occasional circumcisions.But the radical Islamists who were pressuring young men like Abu to join their jihad said cutting throats was far more thrilling than cutting hair, and it demonstrated loyalty to Allah. They promised that Abu’s respect would soar even higher if he joined their cause.Many Hajjams practice the barber trade today. Nearly two million live in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab. They are mainly concentrated in the northeast by the Indian border, but can be found everywhere in Pakistan. Entirely Sunni Muslim, Pakistan’s Hajjams have had no Christian outreach to their community. They are a well-connected people who could potentially spread the gospel easily when they meet the Messiah.Pray that the Muslim Hajjams will come to know about Jesus’ love for them. Pray that Christ will grasp Hajjam hearts and give them words to speak to others about Him.Learn more at Joshua Project.