Daily Topic for April 16, 2014

I Thessalonians 4:13-14, RSV
But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.

Notice and appreciate the Lord’s gentleness in changing the term “death” to “falling asleep.” It’s a good sleep; the saint who “falls asleep” goes instantly to his resurrection in heaven with God. What a hope! We don’t grieve like Hindus and Buddhists whose religion offers no hope of a resurrection or joyful eternal life with God.

Pray that the Lord will soon comfort the hearts of the Bengali Hindus as they learn from local believers about the hope of the resurrection through the sacrifice of Jesus, the true and living God. -RR

Hindu Bengalis in Kolkota, India

by GEC

Raju’s grandparents emigrated from Pakistan to India during the partition of the subcontinent. They are known as Bangals whose accent betrays them as immigrants. Almost to a man, the Bangals support the red and gold East Bengal football (soccer) team. Roquash’s ancestors, on the other hand, have lived in Kolkata for generations. He proudly speaks Bengali the way it is supposed to sound. And almost to a man he and his fellow Ghotis (as they are called) stand with the green and maroon Mohun Bagan football team. Walking as fast as they can, they join the crowd going to the Federation Cup football match to determine the national championship. Inside the arena they each find their own groups to cheer on their athletes.

Both groups, Bangals and Ghotis, identify as Hindu Bengalis living in Kolkata. This sprawling mega-city forms the home base for many Hindu Bengalis, wherever they have spread. Within the city itself, most of them exist with an uneasy truce between each group-a truce that veils suspicion and prejudice.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will open up the eyes of Bengali Hindus in Kolkata to see that God loves everybody. Pray that the many followers of Christ in their city will bravely proclaim the gospel and touch the hearts of leading Hindu Bengalis in Kolkata.

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