Daily Topic for August 16, 2007
Jesus promised that His Church would assault the gates of hell and that those gates would fall. His Church is actively marching forward to conquer rebel territory and bring it into submission to the king of kings. Our battle is not physical-between men, but spiritual-within men’s hearts and minds. And we are assured of victory because our champion, Jesus Christ, has defeated Satan in individual combat. Truly, the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.
Lord Jesus, we acknowledge You as the victor over sin and Satan. Establish Your Church in every remaining unreached people.
A hundred years ago, Captain O’Conner, a British trade agent, called the Gtsang Tibetans “superstitious indeed to the last degree, but devoid of any deep-rooted religious convictions or heart searchings, oppressed by the most monstrous growth of monasticism and priest craft which the world has ever seen.” The Tibetan form of Buddhism that didn’t impress this Englishman is still a spiritual stronghold for these 700,000 people who live in a large stretch along the Nepal-Tibet border.
The Gtsang region is home to several Buddhist sects, and there are at least 10 dialects of their language, all of which are related to the Central Tibetan language. Outsiders come to the Gtsang homeland to see the immense pagoda, Kumbun, built in the 1400s by Rapten Kunsang Phapa.
Today’s visitors are not the first. Jesuit missionary Antonio de Andrade arrived in Tibet from India in 1624, disguised as a Hindu pilgrim. He impressed the Tibetan king and queen, was given permission to return, and did so, to establish a mission and preach the gospel. His work was abruptly ended in 1635 by a revolution. Today there are only a few Gtsang Tibetan believers.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord would send Christians among the Gtsang Tibetans to befriend them and bring Jesus to them.-JR