Daily Topic for July 24, 2007
What a tremendous promise-“thoroughly equipped for every good work!” One great challenge in thrusting a new generation of laborers into the harvest is providing training in the Word of God. New means of training tens of thousands of cross-cultural workers must be found to supplement the excellent education provided through the years by existing Bible colleges and seminaries.
Father, use Your Word as You have promised to equip existing and prospective missionaries to proclaim Jesus to Muslims, Chinese, Hindus, Buddhists, tribals, and others without a church of their own.
Last year a human interest story made the news around the world: “The world’s tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.” The man was a seven foot, nine inch Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun, who saved the dolphins’ lives at an aquarium in Fushun, a large city in northeast China. He is one of about 2,300 Khamnigan Mongols who inhabit this area of China.
No one is sure of their historical background, and they have frequently intermarried with the neighboring Ewenki people. However, the Khamnigans are unique among Mongol peoples. They have their own distinct language and customs, and they have never embraced Tibetan Buddhism as have most other Mongol peoples. Their primary religion is shamanism, and they worship the elements of nature as did their forefathers in the days of Genghis Kahn. They still eat a basic food which Marco Polo wrote about, “Khurund,” a milk curd thickened in the sun to a hard, grey cheese. In the old days, a warrior would mix a lump of it with water and put it into his saddlebag. “By their motion in riding,” Polo wrote, “the contents are violently shaken, and a thin porridge is produced upon which they make their dinner.” Most Khamnigan Mongols in China are completely ignorant of the person of Jesus Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Christian Evangelicals in Fushun to reach out to this minority group.-JS