Daily Topic for July 24, 2006

2 Tim. 3:16-17
"All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

What a tremendous promise-“thoroughly equipped for every good work!” One great challenge in thrusting a new generation of laborers into the harvest is providing training in the Word of God. New means of training tens of thousands of cross-cultural workers must be found to supplement the excellent education provided through the years by existing Bible colleges and seminaries.

Father, use Your Word as You have promised to equip existing and prospective missionaries to proclaim Jesus to Muslims, Chinese, Hindus, Buddhists, tribals, and others without a church of their own.

Animistic Giay (Zay) People of Vietnam

The Giay villagers ran in terror from their homes when strange sounds came from the forest. “The Spirits are angry!” yelled the village headman, as men, women and children ran for their lives. The strange sounds continued for most of the day, and the villagers didn’t return home until nightfall. 

Each Giay village, located in Vietnam near the Chinese border, has a sacred forest centered around a sacred tree. Only the village headman may visit that tree at certain times of the year. Strange sounds coming from this place, where they believe the spirits live, would convince them that the gods were angry. They live in constant fear of being tormented by spirits.

The Giay people worship spirits and their own ancestors. Unlike various neighboring people groups, Buddhism never took root among the Giays. In each village, Giay children learn communist ideology in government-run schools. Few Giays have heard about Jesus Christ, the One who could free them from spiritual bondage and fear.

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Pray for the repeal of the laws that forbid the preaching of the gospel in Vietnam. May God break the hold spirit worship has on the Giay people. Pray that gospel radio broadcasts will soon begin in the Giay language. May God open the door for Christians in neighboring China to reach out to the Giay people.-WK

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