Daily Topic for September 09, 2006

Gen. 10:5
"From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language."

Up to this point in the history of man, God had dealt with the human race as a whole. But man’s rebellion, earlier punished in the flood, now found new expression in the arrogant construction of the tower of Babel. God’s punishment was swift but also redemptive. By dividing the people on earth into many language and family groups (described in chapters 10 and 11), God sought to protect them from a unity of evil intentions. If the world as a whole would not respond to His grace and love, He would woo and win the groups-the families of the earth-one people group at a time.

Lord, thank You for the diversity of the human family. Lead us to love all the distinct peoples that You have formed.

Hindu Garhwali People of India

“No! You cannot attend school. You are ten years old, and it’s time to arrange your marriage. We cannot afford the larger dowry required for educated girls.”

This rural Garhwali girl quietly accepts her fate. She feels lucky her parents did not kill her as an infant when they learned she was a girl, or that she wasn’t the one in four babies who die their first year in rural India. She will marry soon and have her first child within the next three or four years. The best she has to look forward to is a life of hard labor and fear. Her life expectancy is 40 years.

The Garhwali people are 99.9 percent Hindu and live in India’s northern mountain ranges known as, “the abode of the gods.” They remain unreached mainly because it is very difficult for visitors to come to their villages. They know nothing of the blessings God has reserved for them.

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Pray for the “Friends of Garhwal” who are attempting to reach out to the Garhwali people. Ask God to strengthen and protect the Christian workers among them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare the hearts of the Garhwali people, and that they will embrace the gospel as soon as they hear it.-AK

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