Daily Topic for August 26, 2006

Rev. 5:9
"And they sang a new song: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.'"

Missionary-author Don Richardson declares that at this point (as well as several others in Revelation) John “raids the Greek dictionary” to find synonyms for “people group.” John wanted to emphasize that no people group is to be left out-all are included in Christ’s provision of salvation. How determined Christ is to win back to Himself some from all the peoples of our earth! He loves them all. They are His by right of creation and by right of redemption.

Dear Jesus, give us a vision for the completed Body of Christ, so that our highest priority will be to plant Your church among every people and nation on earth.

Tibetan Buddhist Tuvin People of Mongolia and Russia

The crowd gathered near the market to see and hear the Tuvin singers, noted for their unique style of music, khomeii, as if singing with two voices. These Tuvin people in northwestern Mongolia immigrated years ago from the neighboring Tuva district of Russia, and they are especially noted for their rich epic poetry and music. They use over 50 musical instruments.

The Tuvins were traditionally shamanists, believing in an unseen world of gods, demons, and spirits. Although one third are Tibetan Buddhists and one third are non-religious, today the majority still revert to many shamanistic ceremonies and practices. Traditionally the Tuvins were herders, living a nomadic lifestyle, and those who have not been absorbed by the Mongolian culture still follow that lifestyle. The rural clans are trying to retain their native language and heritage.

When Tuva became part of Mongolia, very few men and none of the women could read, and to a large extent that is still true, so perhaps Christian teachers will have open doors to work among the Tuvinian immigrants in Mongolia. Since 1997, there has been a significant response to the gospel among the Russian Tuvinians.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these Russian counterparts will see the need and opportunity to share Christ with the Tuvins of Mongolia. Pray for strong local churches among the Tuvinians.-JS

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