Daily Topic for August 31, 2007

Rev. 22:17
"Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life"

Have you ever stopped to think about the cost of that “free gift” of the water of life? It cost nothing for us, but everything for our Lord. That is the real difference between Christianity and all other faiths. The water of life is free to every repentant sinner who will bow the knee to Jesus. How the unreached Muslims, Animists, Buddhists, and Hindus need to know this! But, before their hearts will open to this gospel, we must pray. As we begin to pray next month, why not recruit someone to join the army of pray-ers?

Father, help us to be faithful next month as we pray for those who need to depend on You for the water of life.

Aiton People of India

How many generations do wedding traditions go back in your culture? Believe it or not, the wedding traditions for the Aiton people of Assam, India go back 2,000 years!

An Aiton girl grows up knowing that she will marry one of the boys in the family of her mother’s brother. During the waiting period, her family and her cousin’s family make an agreement as to what the future groom’s family will pay at the time of the wedding in appreciation for the cost of raising her. 

Originally, the Aiton people lived in neighboring Myanmar. As political refugees, they left that country and trekked across many miles of mountainous land to their present location. The older men kept Aiton customs and their language alive, but gradually they were absorbed into the Indian culture around them, except for this marriage tradition. They follow Theravada Buddhism and worship Medham Medhphi every morning and evening. There are 14 clans among the present 5,000 plus Aiton people and currently a family uses their clan name as their last name. Unfortunately, they do not have a Bible, nor are there any Aiton people who have put their faith in Christ alone.

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Pray that followers of Christ from other ethnic groups will brave difficulties to take the Bible and its life-giving message to the Aiton people.-MC

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