Daily Topic for May 09, 2007

Romans 4:11
"So then [Abraham] is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them."

Chapter four is an extensive explanation that Abraham’s righteousness came from faith rather than from works, including the work of circumcision. He was counted as righteous before he became circumcised, and so he is able to be called the father of all who truly believe, whether they are circumcised or not. This was a radical statement for Paul to make, but he was explaining to the Gentiles and the Jews in the church at Rome that they both fit into God’s Kingdom on the basis of the obedience of faith from the heart.

Thank the Lord that He has made all the Gentiles potential members of His Kingdom by faith, not by works.

Animistic Mixtecs (Mishteks) of Oaxaca (Wahahkah)

An ancient literate pre-Columbian people, the Mixtecs of Oaxaca State in southern Mexico, dominated neighboring peoples before succumbing to Aztec and later Spanish imperialism. They are well known to archaeologists for their ancient codices.

Today’s Mixtec economy is based on funds from migrant farm workers in Baja California, Mexico and California, U.S.A.; tourism, and coffee, in about equal proportion. Recognizing the vulnerability of monocultural economics and soil depletion, the coffee cooperatives are diversifying the economy via banking, truck farming, and micro enterprises for women, in the hope that income will rise beyond the usual $1.00/day and that malnutrition will decrease.

The Joshua Project gives Mixtecs high priority for mission work. Out of 52 sub-groups, 23 have weak churches, four are unreached, and among the 25,000 Coicoyan subgroup, we know of only one believer. One American church ministers with medical-dental-baseball clinics. There is an audiovisual Scripture project using the Gospel of Luke in Mixtec and Zapotec, the indigenous languages of Oaxaca.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Scripture project will yield results. Thank God for the work being done among them, and pray for more mission agencies to offer community development to the Coicoyan subgroup. Pray that Mixtec field hands will be reached with the gospel.-TP

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