Daily Topic for July 25, 2007
It has been observed that only when we share the gospel across cultural barriers can we fully comprehend the gospel message ourselves. When we see the truths of the gospel through the eyes of another culture, those truths come alive for us in a new way. Sharing our faith with another people group forces us to examine what in our worship must be universal and what is only cultural. Perhaps the confusion which pervades so many of our churches about the content of the gospel message is due to our failure to seriously share this message with other groups.
Pray that a frontier missions priority in our churches will result in our greater understanding of “every good thing we have in Christ.”
Genghis Khan, the great 13th century warrior who united all the Mongol tribes into a far-reaching empire, still leaves his imprint on Mongols today. Khalkha, the largest subgroup of Mongols in Mongolia, proudly consider themselves direct descendants of Genghis Khan, and they consider their language, Halh, to be the “real” Mongolian language.
Mongolia was once one of the most closed countries in the world, but now it is much more open to outside influence, including Christianity.
Traditionally the Mongols were nomadic herders and great hunters, still evident in the traditional sporting events held each July which feature horse racing, archery, and wrestling. However, many of the nomadic people have changed their lifestyle with moves to the city where they seek jobs in industry, mining, or transportation. Two of those cities are among the top 33 cities of Asia where major unreached people groups live. They are Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, now part of China. Continuing economic difficulties and unemployment make life hard for Mongol families. Although Christians have seized the opportunity to witness and minister there, so have cults, creating confusion for young people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to raise up Mongol Christian leaders to guide these new churches, and pray that false religions would decrease in popularity.-JS