Daily Topic for July 31, 2006

Heb. 6:19-20
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf."

Reflect for a minute how much you have to be thankful for. Christ Himself entered on our behalf. He is the one who paid for all of our sins, past, present, and future. God’s promise is certain, He cannot lie, because He is holy and righteous. We can walk in this assurance daily. There are many who attempt in vain to achieve these things through their own righteousness. Be thankful! But don’t forget those for whom you prayed this month who still don’t know these things.

Pray that the nations will crave fellowship with the only One who can pay for their sins.

Hindu Gujaratis in Malaysia and Singapore

Certainly you have read the tragic accounts of how the Children of Israel were driven out of their homeland, first by the Babylonians and later by the Romans. The word for this scattering is “diaspora.” Though it originally applied only to the Jews, it has since been applied to many other people groups. Other groups like the Han Chinese, the Sindhis and the Gujaratis had a much gentler diaspora experience than the Jews. These latter groups voluntarily left their homelands to start businesses and make lots of money wherever the opportunity arose. All they needed was a sharp mind and a willingness to work long, hard hours. Malaysia and Singapore have been good places to go for such people as the Gujaratis. There seems to be room for anyone who wants to build a business in these two countries.

Like the Sindhis we prayed for on day 11, the Gujaratis are mostly Hindu, though there are some Muslims among them. Between Singapore and Malaysia, there are probably fewer than 5,000 of them, but their presence is heavily felt in the economic sphere. Though there is considerable religious freedom to reach Hindus in Malaysia and Singapore, almost none of the Gujaratis are willing to turn their backs on Hindu traditions to follow Christ.

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Pray that missionaries will help them to recognize that to follow Christ need not jeopardize their culture.-KC

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