Daily Topic for May 23, 2007

Romans 12:2
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will."

A major reason for the existence of this Global Prayer Digest is to deepen your understanding of God’s will. This booklet is meant to help you to fill your mind with Scripture and information that will challenge your faith and prompt further involvement in the Great Commission. It is also meant to encourage you and stimulate you to pray. By contrast, the world would have us conform to its priorities-self-preservation, self-gratification and self-security.

Pray that Jesus will renew our minds today by His Word so that we may discover what He would have us do to join in the task of reaching the unreached.

Buddhist Okinawans in the United States

Is it a balalaika? A banjo? No, it is called a “sanshin.” A three-stringed instrument, the body of the “sanshin” is traditionally bound with snakeskin, perhaps from a python. This represents one item that sets Okinawans apart from the Japanese who live on islands to their north. Their life expectancy passes 90 years, the longest in the world. A healthy diet contributes to their long lives. Unfortunately, this is changing. Their language is their own; their music unique; their dances singular. But most people just think of them as Japanese.

Their own kingdom thrived for centuries along the 100 islands halfway between Japan and Taiwan. Then the Chinese conquered them. Later the Japanese absorbed them as best they could. After World War II, the Americans controlled Okinawa until 1972 when it was returned to Japanese rule.

Still they proudly identify themselves as Okinawans or Uchinanchu.

They have been coming to America and Hawaii for more than a century, so many are already integrated into American society. But new arrivals come as well. During their adjustment to a new culture, these Buddhists become open to the message of Jesus.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that workers will present the gospel using Okinawan concepts. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will prepare receptive hearts. Pray that Christian neighbors will cross their fence to love them to Jesus.-EF

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