Daily Topic for July 10, 2007

1 Timothy 2:1-2
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives ...."

Political leaders have tough jobs. Ours is not an easy world to rule, with competing factions, complex political structures, fluctuating economic conditions, explosive population growth, and increasing violence. Paul’s encouragement to pray for our political leaders should remind us of the crucial role they often play in the spread of the gospel throughout their realms of influence.

Pray that the Lord will turn the hearts of rulers in many “closed countries” to Himself to allow for an open door for the gospel message.

Bai (Bai) People in Shanghai

“We have left bad to come to worse,” one Bai man said. “Shanghai is booming, and people all over China, including some of the Bai people, are moving there. However, most find no room to live and no place to work.”

Bai means “white” in Chinese. The name may have originated because they wore white sheepskins. The Bai people are the second largest minority group in China. Most are farmers, fishermen, and hunters. The lifestyle improvements which many urban Chinese enjoy have not reached the remote areas where most Bai people live. However, they live surrounded by the beauty of lakes and valleys, and they enjoy a temperate climate and the solitude many urbanites seek. Rural Bai people eat a very healthy diet of rice, vegetables, fruit, fish, and whole grains. They are creative and skillful in the arts, including music. 

The Bais follow traditional Chinese religious customs, which include a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, and ancestor worship. They try to appease their gods with rituals and sacrifices.

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Pray that the Bai people will learn about Jesus Christ and His one-time sacrifice that suffices to take away all sin. Pray that those who have migrated to large cities will hear the gospel and take it back to their rural families.-AK

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