Daily Topic for July 21, 2006

2 Timothy 2:3
"Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus."

The military metaphor has fallen on hard times in many parts of the evangelical community. Yet there are many ways in which a committed Christian is like a soldier. Paul speaks here of a Christian enduring hardship like a soldier. Why does a soldier endure hardship? To win! He sees the commander’s cause as the overriding priority of his life, and does whatever is required of him to win the battle. How much hardship are we ready to endure to see Jesus Christ seal His victory over Satan, so that people from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation may recognize Him as Lord?

Lord Jesus, make us good soldiers!

Muslim Cham People of Cambodia

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t fit neatly into any category? The Cham peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia certainly don’t fit into someone else’s mold. They are divided into two subgroups, one of which is Muslim, and the other follows their own hybrid religion that includes elements of both Islam and high caste Hinduism. Between these two groups there are about 150,000 souls, of which 1,000 have embraced Christ. 

Who will reach out to these unusual people? At various times they have had 15 minutes a week of FEBC radio broadcasts in their language. But they need the personal touch of Christians. In Cambodia, the Khmer church is too small to reach them effectively. In Vietnam, the churches have ignored the spiritual needs of their Cham neighbors, because they seem too culturally “different” to reach. The greatest need today is for Christians to befriend the Cham, love them and live the gospel before them as a consistent witness.

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Pray that Christians in Vietnam and Cambodia will do just that, and a strong Cham church will result. Pray that Vietnamese Christians will pray for Cham leaders and that they will be both physically and spiritually healed. Pray that FEBC broadcasts will stir Cham hearts to embrace Jesus Christ.-KC

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