Daily Topic for July 04, 2007

1 Thessalonians 2:9
"Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you."

Paul made tents to support himself and his team in their first-century ministry of church-planting throughout the northern Mediterranean world. Today, modern “tentmakers” are working in countries across the globe with a vision of establishing indigenous churches among peoples with no vital Christian witness.

Pray that today’s tentmakers will not only be successful in their “secular” endeavors, but that they will leave behind them growing, evangelizing churches.

Naxi (Na-shee) People of Lijiang City

Picture a quiet village 20 years ago in southwestern China. Chickens slowly cross the empty street, pecking in the dirt. Picture life as it had been for centuries.

Today, just 20 years later, the same streets are crowded with bicycles, motorized vehicles and tourists. People hurry by, conducting business on their cell phones. Now a city of one million people, Lijiang is home to about 300,000 Naxi people, one of China’s official minorities.

The ancient Dongba faith has been the Naxi religion for as long as anyone can remember. Dongba is a blend of Bon, a pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion, and shamanism (belief in an unseen world of gods, demons, and ancestral spirits).

In the early 20th century, Christian missionaries were active in this area and many Naxi people converted to faith in Jesus. However, most converts were executed or died in prison after the establishment of communism in 1949.

Today, most Naxi people believe in a Creator, but they are not sure who he is. No Christian TV or radio programs air in the Naxi language. Only portions of the Bible have been translated for them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for trained linguists to heed God’s call to finish translating the Bible into Naxi. Pray that the Holy Spirit would descend on the Naxis and ignite a hunger for truth in their hearts.-JWS

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