Daily Topic for May 22, 2007
Have you ever thought about the anatomy of a missionary? His tongue has knots in it from over-exertion in learning new languages. His knees have calluses from all-night prayer meetings. But his feet are gorgeous! All kidding aside, missionaries come in all shapes, sizes, and most ages. They are pretty much, as Jim Elliot once said, “...just a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody. In fact, they’re pretty much the same kind of folks as you and your family.” Have you ever seriously thought of becoming a missionary?
Ask God if he wants to give your feet a facelift!
“Rat-eaters!” “From disease-infested villages!” “Breeding like rats.” “Breeding hate and contempt.” These phrases greeted the news that a group of Burmese refugees from Myanmar would move into a community in the United States.
Pit that attitude against the dominant values of true Buddhism. The five precepts of Buddhism relate to right speech, action and livelihood. Orthodox Buddhists value generosity and a respect for elders. Escaping a military dictatorship in Myanmar, the refugees simply ask for the opportunity to live free of fear and violent oppression. But hate and bigotry await them from many who do not have the will of Christ in their hearts.
Fortunately, there are Christians ready to assist. In the case above, an all-white Baptist church welcomed a group of 60 Burmese refugees. The Baptists have a history with Burma reaching back almost 200 years to the arrival of Adoniram Judson. Now the process is coming full circle. The Baptists planted gospel seeds and reaped a harvest only among the Karen minority, but not among the dominant Burmese people. With the arrival of Burmese Buddhist refugees in America, perhaps now the Lord will reap a great harvest.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Burmese Buddhist refugees will find Christians to welcome them wherever they go. Pray that the gospel seeds planted in Myanmar will bring a great harvest when these Burmese arrive. Pray that the love of Christians in America will overshadow the hatred of others.-EF