Daily Topic for July 09, 2007

1 Tim. 1:15
"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."

Why did Jesus come? Over and over again the gospel record clearly says that Jesus came into the world with one central purpose: to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many. He did not come for the religious or the (self) righteous, but for those who were and are aware of their own spiritual need. Our role is to take this “good news” to those who have had no opportunity to hear.

Pray that God will use us today, this week, and this month to share this “good news.”

Tibetan Buddhist Yugur (Yoo-gur) People of Zhangye City

“It’s called Bird Burial.” Bao instructed his son, Lok, in the custom of placing the family dead on a mountaintop for the ravens and other birds of prey to consume. 

Lok turned his head away. In a population of 12,000 Yugurs, his grandmother had been one of only 50 Christians, all women over 60. Hoping that this strange religion would die with the old women, the Chinese government is content to allow the practice so long as the youth are not infected. Most Yugurs are zealous followers of Tibetan Buddhism.

But Lok remembered his grandmother’s words to him. “When the ravens gather around me, the angels have already carried me to my Heavenly Father. So don’t worry, only read the words in this book, the Bible, and believe them. Then you will one day see me again in Heaven.” Something awoke in Lok’s heart. A desire to read “the Book” filled him. Hope overflowed in him that his life would not someday end on a dreary mountaintop, but rather with his grandmother’s Jesus. Today he would start to read the Book.

Many Yugur people live in the western city of Zhangye, which lies near the borders of Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guizhou Provinces.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Chinese seminary students will go to this hard-to-win city of Zhangye. Pray that the few older Yugur believers will reach out to the youth of their people.-PE

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