Daily Topic for July 17, 2007

1 Tim. 6:10
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

Jesus clearly said, “No man can serve two masters…you cannot serve God and mammon (which means gain or advantage).” God created us with a need to love Him. When we turn from loving God as a central focus in life, we try to fill that void by devoting our love to something far less worthy than the Lord. And whatever we love that is less than God soon becomes “god” to us. If we substitute the love of money for the love of God, we open ourselves to a myriad of sorrows and disappointments.

Father, keep us from greed. Fill our hearts with love for You, our Provider and Sustainer, and with commitment to Your purposes.

Shaozhou (Shaow-joe) Han Chinese of Guangzhou City

For centuries, the northern part of Guangdong has been a crossroad for migrating peoples. This has caused a wide range of influences on the local Shaozhou Han Chinese population, especially in regard to their language. Though this language in printed form is identical to other Han languages, its spoken form is far different. In general, Han Chinese peoples like the Shaozhou consider themselves culturally superior to the minority groups in China.

Many of these nearly one million people live in Guangzhou City, the primary trade route to mainland China. It is located on the Pearl River, and very close to Hong Kong, traditionally one of China’s key locations for trade. 

By the time communist leader Mao Zedong closed China to missions, Guangzhou Province, where Guangzhou City is located, was home to a total of one million Christians. In spite of the history of Christianity in their region, today only about one percent of the Shaozhou Han trust in Jesus. The Bible has been available in their heart language for many years, but there is no established Shaozhou Han church.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the gospel would impact the lives of the Shaozhou Han Chinese. Pray that the Lord would use traders and visitors to Guangzhou City to bring them the gospel.-JR

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