Daily Topic for July 13, 2007

1 Tim. 4:12
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."

Many of those today whose lives are focused on frontier missions are young people. Sometimes older Christians may lightly dismiss the enthusiasm and commitment of youth such as these and call it “youthful vigor” or “naive idealism.” God’s Word instructs us to learn from younger brothers and sisters whose lives demonstrate godly zeal and wisdom.

Pray for younger leaders who are seeking to lead their generation in obeying the Great Commission. Pray that God will use their energetic “youthful vigor” for His glory.

Northern Khampa (Kum-ba) People in Chengdu

The little boy could hardly wait until his mother finished bundling him up in his warmest clothes. This would be his first chance to play in the snow. He darted out when his mother opened the door. A blast of frigid air took his breath away, but he ignored it and began to romp in the snow.

He and his mother had just moved from Tibet to Chengdu, the fifth most populated city in China. They are members of one of the two biggest Tibetan groups, the Northern Khampa, who live in and around the city of Chengdu which teems with almost every ethnic group in western China. Near Chengdu’s Southwest Minority Nationalities University, there is a street called, “Tibetan Street.” The Khampa Tibetan people make their presence known there by wearing their traditional clothes and speaking their own language.

Though the Khampas are officially Buddhist, there is enough of the ancient Bon religion in their beliefs that they focus more on evil spirits than on the teachings of Gautama Buddha. They believe that these spirit beings must be appeased so that they do not cause harm to the living.

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Pray that they will be freed from the bondage of spirits by putting their faith in Jesus Christ.-MC/KC

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