Daily Topic for August 05, 2007

Heb. 11:16
"Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them"

How easy it is for us to be caught up in trivial affairs. God wants our vision to be fixed on what is eternally meaningful-proclaiming and demonstrating that He is King, and living with heaven in view. God delights in His children who dream His dreams after Him. Are your dreams too small? Hundreds of years ago Francis Xavier urged his college companions, “Give up your small ambitions and come to India!”

O God, give us the eyes of faith to see both the joys of heaven and the opportunities of earth.

-Singhalese of Sri Lanka

For more than 2,000 years, the Singhalese people have lived in Sri Lanka, an island off the southeastern coast of India. Before they achieved independence from Great Britain in 1948, they were often ruled by foreign powers. Since then, they have been embroiled in a continuous battle with the Hindu Tamil minority who are calling for the north side of the island to be an independent state.

The Singhalese are made up of two different groups: the Kandyans who live in the mountains and are “conservative,” and those who live in the coastal lowlands who are considered to be “progressive.” About one-half of the total Singhalese population are farmers who have access to few modern tools. As a result of a low industrial growth rate, Sri Lanka remains a poor nation.

Though the Singhalese would consider themselves to be Buddhist, they also practice Hindu and Animistic forms of worship. They worship gods that they believe control their daily lives, and they appease demons through rituals conducted by exorcists. Although a few Singhalese converted to Christianity during the colonial period, most of them lack real knowledge of the gospel.

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Pray for an end to the long-standing civil war in Sri Lanka, and that many strong local churches will be raised up among Singhalese people.-PS

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