Daily Topic for June 30, 2006
Paul’s words, addressed to one Christian worker, are also applicable to today’s church. God aims at closure, finishing the task of world evangelization. The job may sometimes seem too large for us to complete, but God intends that it will be finished. When He declared to Abraham that “in you shall all the peoples of the earth be blessed,” He indicated that the task would be completed-all the families of the earth would hear. Today, as never before, we have the knowledge of what the completion of the task may involve.
Father, fill our minds and hearts with faith so that we may press on to finish the work You have given us.
Everyone in town knew that Nu’s restaurant served the best Thai food in western Australia. That’s because Mr. Nu, the chief chef and owner, came from Thailand. Nu had been a chef at a hotel restaurant in Bali, Indonesia prior to immigrating to Australia. He’d fled from Bali after Muslim extremists bombed the hotel where he worked. He’d brought his entire family with him to Australia in 2002.
Thai food has become popular among many white Australians, and Thai chefs like Nu are becoming common in Australia’s major cities. Thai immigrants are experiencing prosperity and security in Australia.
But few of these immigrants have placed their trust in Christ, the One who called himself the Bread of Life. Whether in Thailand or Australia, the saying is still true that “to be Thai is to be Buddhist.” Little has been done to reach them for Christ. There is only one small ethnic Thai church working to reaching the 25,000 Thai Buddhists living in Australia.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the few Thai Christians living in Australia will be strengthened in faith and given a vision for reaching their countrymen for the Lord. Pray also that Australian Christians will be led by God to reach out to their Thai neighbors.-WK