Daily Topic for September 24, 2006

Num. 13:33
"We saw the Nephilim there.... We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."

When the 12 spies went into the land of Canaan, most came back with a negative report, full of fear and discouragement. Ten spies somehow forgot that God had already promised to give them the land. Instead they evaluated their chance for success in terms of their own abilities and resources. This temptation to look at circumstances from an earthly perspective is very natural-and dangerous. We have far more than our own strength to count on; we can depend on the resources and promises of Almighty God.

Father, deliver us from the “grasshopper complex.” Help us to see possibilities for world evangelization in light of Your completely adequate resources.

Hindu Namasudra People of India

Sardar looked around at the other men at his table and knew right away that they didn’t believe him. So he replied sheepishly, “No we are not really Brahmins. But we are part of an important forward caste.” The other men either stared at their cups or took sips of their sweet tea.

Sardar is part of the Namasudras, the second largest caste in West Bengal, India. They are ambitious and upwardly mobile in their rural setting, though most of them are illiterate. They would like to have more educational opportunities to improve their lot in life.

Most of them are farmers, fishermen, boatmen, or carpenters. They live in almost all of India’s northeastern states. With a population of about 9,000,000, the Namasudra caste is entirely Hindu. Their faith is in Hindu gods and idols rather than the living Savior and Creator.

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Pray that their trust in Hindu idols will be broken, and replaced with a refreshing faith in their Creator. Pray that their spiritual eyes will be opened so that they can see Jesus. Pray that educated Christians who are filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit will provide these Hindus with a way to get the education they want as well as spiritual enlightenment.-KC

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