Daily Topic for July 06, 2007
The Apostle Paul was deeply thankful for the Thessalonians, especially for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It certainly brings great blessing and joy after many years on the mission field for a missionary to see “his children” walk in the light they have received. It signifies that the missionary’s labor in the Lord has not been in vain. Such a testimony is also a great blessing to those who first planted the seed, for they recognize that it is God who works to produce lasting fruit.
Father, we praise You for those You have brought into Your Kingdom through the labors of Your faithful servants.
In ancient times, Paiwan warriors would come home displaying the heads of their enemies. Their women would greet them with singing, and then the celebrations would begin. Today, Paiwan courtship is a masculine affair in which a man interested in a girl will chop down as many trees as he can and display them in front of the girl’s family.
In the 17th century, the Dutch came as occupiers and missionaries. After 10 years of faithful work among the Paiwan, 5,000 came to Christ. In 1661, a liberator, Cheng Gong Zheng drove out the foreigners. Unfortunately, that included the missionaries. All 5,000 Christians were massacred, churches were destroyed and the light of the gospel went out.
Then in the late 1940s the light of the gospel returned. Whole villages were known to embrace the good news of Jesus. In Taiwan, there are 14,900 known Paiwan members of the Presbyterian Church in 96 congregations. Although the New Testament has been translated into the Paiwan language, it is not available in Mainland China where the Paiwans also live. Several hundred members of the Paiwan tribe live in and around the city of Zhangzhou in the southern part of Fujian Province, in mainland China. They are not reached like their cousins in Taiwan.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that a Paiwan church will be planted in Zhangzhou.-CH