Daily Topic for July 22, 2006

2 Tim. 2:15
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth."

God has committed His Word to us-the revelation of who He is and the statement of His purpose for us. In order to “correctly handle” this Word, we must understand and use it as God intended. God outlined His purpose for mankind in the Garden of Eden and His plan to accomplish that purpose in His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). God’s deepest concern is to bring people from every nation (cultural group) into fellowship with Himself. Today about 8,000 of these cultural groups have no Christian community in their midst. Our correct handling of the Word of truth will place priority on God’s clearly-revealed purposes for these unreached peoples.

Lord, open our eyes to understand Your Word, and then lead us to obey what we learn.

Buddhist-animist Lu People

Four thousand Lu people live in northwest Vietnam where their ancestors have lived for 2,000 years! They belong to one of Southeast Asia’s most ancient races, the Thai Lu. By the ninth century, the Lu had a well-developed agricultural system. They built extensive irrigation systems and used oxen and elephants to till the land.

Like many Buddhists, the Lu people believe that if they lead good lives, they will be re-born into a higher social position; but if they are wicked, they will come back as degraded animals. Though they are Theraveda Buddhists, they also practice animistic rituals they believe will protect them from evil spirits. They also pay homage to “good” spirits with elaborate festivals at different times of the year. Imagine-over 90 percent of the Lu people have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. According to “Peoples of the Buddhist World,” there is not a single Christian among them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Christians in this part of the world will no longer neglect this little-known people group in Vietnam. Pray that soon they will know that the only true rebirth comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Pray that God’s Word and His miraculous deeds will draw them to the King of Kings.-JWS

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