Daily Topic for September 21, 2014
What a great picture of how to spend time with God by interceding for unreached peoples, as He is transforming you into His beautiful likeness! Thank Him for the privilege of being used by Him as you roll up your sleeves and work with Him through intercessory prayer and service.-RR
Tejas, a Dalera basket weaver, quickly finished the last detail on the lovely cane basket. Then he prepared to leave his house to sell all the new baskets he had made to a local businessman. With pleasure he looked over all the items he had for sale: all different sizes and shapes of baskets, plus baskets for fish traps, bamboo toys, and even some earplugs. He was especially proud of a picnic basket that he felt would bring a good price from the market. Suddenly his little boy ran to him to say, “Good Bye!” Reaching down, he gave his son a little home-made toy horse. Screaming with delight, the child hugged his father.
“Dalera” is derived from a Hindi work for basket. There are approximately 18,000 members of this people group, and they live primarily in northern India. Although today the majority of the Dalera people are landowners and farmers, there are some who continue in the occupation of basket weaving. Their strong communities are self-governing and problems such as divorce, adultery, stealing or criminal acts are taken to an appointed caste council to be settled. They are loyal to their Hindu gods and worship many of the deities, including those honored at many of the Hindu festivals. There are no known followers of Christ among the Dalera people. There have been efforts to reach them with the gospel, but they have not yet responded.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to rip the veil from Dalera hearts that keeps them from embracing Jesus. Pray that serious efforts will be made to reach them for Christ. Pray that the Dalera people will know the truth and light of Jesus.