Daily Topic for April 26, 2007

Acts 18:9-10
"One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: 'Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you.'"

How often missionaries, far away from their own homes, family, and friends, become discouraged! Often the only encouragement they receive is from the Lord Himself. Yet letters from friends at home are also greatly welcomed by missionaries abroad, “like cold water to a weary soul” (Proverbs 25:25). Do you have a missionary friend to whom you could write today? A letter from you now could bring them much encouragement. Don’t neglect them.

Dear Lord, thank You for encouraging our missionaries far away from home. Minister to them through our prayers and correspondence.

Hindus in Guyana

Hindu homes in Guyana display the Hindu “jhandi flags.” Simple but stunning temples stand throughout the country. Some 238,000 Hindus make up 34 percent of the population of Guyana. Surprisingly, perhaps eight percent of weddings join Hindus to Muslims, and the couples usually end up following Islam. This would be considered unthinkable in South Asia!

In the old days, Hindus came to Guyana as indentured servants to work on plantations. The plantation system kept them isolated, breeding discontent. Because Britain colonized Guyana, the peoples there learned to speak English fluently, and they still do today.

A Hindu web site charges that Hindus were forced to convert to Christianity if they wanted civil service jobs. Some became “Christians” in name only, and continue to live as Hindus in their homes. Today, their hearts and minds are still dedicated to the Hindu religion. This is a difficult mission field, but we know our God is able. Let us be faithful and fervent in prayer, for only through prayer can we release God’s power in Guyana.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will make the Hindus in Guyana thirst for Him like a deer in the desert. Pray that many will embrace Christ and be used of Him among Hindus in Guyana and beyond.-AK

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