Daily Topic for June 27, 2006
We have often quoted and remembered this precious promise in relation to our own physical and material needs. But how often have we remembered that these wonderful words were first spoken to those who had given sacrificially that others might experience the blessings of the gospel of Christ? (See II Corinthians 8:1-2.)
May God grant that we would exhibit the same spirit of sacrifice and joy in sharing the good things we have with others.
The tourists were mesmerized by the sight of a spectacular pure white temple with golden domes reaching to the heavens and an Indian elephant in front of a splendid palace with minarets. One reason for this amazement is the fact that this sight is not in India but is in Australia - Woolgoolga, on the north coast of New South Wales. Although there are Sikhs throughout Australia, Woolgoolga has the largest Sikh community making up 50 percent of the population.
These Sikhs first came to work on the banana plantations in the 1940s. They now own 90 percent of the local banana farms. They came originally to make their fortunes and then return home, but many decided to stay, and they developed a love and attachment for their new home. The establishment of the Sikh community would not have been possible without the tolerance and encouragement of the host community. They in turn have integrated into the host community and have contributed to the economy.
Secularism and a pursuit of leisure, pleasure, and wealth characterize Australia. Church attendance has steadily declined for the last 40 years, and though some churches have a good mission focus, there is a general lack of a mission vision in most churches.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for revival to sweep Australian church members and for the Lord to lay upon their hearts the mission opportunities to immigrants in their own country. Pray that many will reach out to the Sikhs among them.-JS