Daily Topic for July 25, 2014
You can understand why Jewish-background believers thought that circumcision was necessary; the Mosaic Law was what they understood to be God’s will. They did not understand that with the New Covenant came the free gift of God: salvation through Jesus Christ. Today members of unreached people groups are also carrying heavy “yokes” that God never intended for them to bear. In today’s entry, we learned about people who must bear the yoke of going to shamans for healing.
Pray that the Tai Pong people will understand that they can go to Jesus, who has compassion for the helpless. Pray that they will embrace Him as well as His healing touch.
“He must be taken to the shaman!” the old man said firmly.
The young man shook his head. “It would be a waste of time, father. The shaman cannot help a sick boy.” “Of course, he can,” the old man argued. “When you were little, your mother and I took you to the shaman whenever you were ill.” The younger man sighed and muttered, “It is mere superstition.” The old man screamed, “I demand that you take my grandson to the shaman before it is too late!”
The religious beliefs of the Tai Pong are changing. Unlike many people groups in China, the Tai Pong were not influenced by Theravada Buddhism. For centuries they have been animists believing that everything, living or not, has a spirit. These spirits need to be appeased, often requiring the assistance of a special spiritual go-between known as a shaman. However, the younger generations are increasingly nonreligious, atheistic, and materialistic.
No matter what their beliefs are, the Tai Pong have not been reached with the gospel. About a quarter of the population has heard about Christ, but they have not responded to the good news.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Lord to send workers into this waiting harvest field. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of the Tai Pong to receive His invitation to salvation and abundant, eternal life. Pray for a church planting movement and for a great spiritual awakening among the Tai Pong.