Daily Topic for April 24, 2014

Ephesians 5:13
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

When people are bound in sin, they seek to hide the clues of their bondage in darkness. But believers are commanded to live a different type of life. The apostle Paul states that their actions involve living in the light and being the light of the world. A beam of light can cast a shadow. The closer it gets to something that is not light, the bigger and darker the shadow grows. Light makes everything visible.

Pray that the Vietnamese people in Prague who are Christians will shine as the light of the Lord and share the love of Christ with the youth who are stuck in the darkness of drug dealing.—-Glenn Culbertson

Vietnamese in Prague, Czech Republic

by WK


“You’re under arrest!” shouted the policemen as they kicked down the door of the Prague warehouse. The cops quickly tackled and handcuffed the three young men with Asian facial features before they could escape. Then a police officer opened one of the many wooden crates in the warehouse. “I knew it! Marijuana!” Then the officers hauled off the three Vietnamese gang members in one of the squad cars they’d arrived in.

There are 10,000 Vietnamese living in the Czech Republic. Most of them live in Prague, the capital. The first Vietnamese arrived in Prague before the fall of Communism in 1989. They were students and guest workers. After 1989 a second wave of Vietnamese immigrants arrived. They tended to be people looking for better jobs than the ones available in Vietnam. Both waves of Vietnamese immigrants were hard working and tended to become small business owners. Their children have taken many diverse career paths: some have become scientists and engineers; but unfortunately, some have become drug dealers. Vietnamese gangs are fast becoming major players in Central Europe’s illegal drug trade. In the past the influence of Buddhism sprinkled with some Christian believers would have limited such criminal activity.

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Ask God to break the hold that drug addiction has on the Vietnamese youth in Prague. Pray that God would break the hold that Buddhism has on the Vietnamese adult generation and replace it with faith in the Risen Lord. May God raise up faithful workers to reach out to this people group with the message of salvation.

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