Daily Topic for September 11, 2007
What a delight to Abraham to discover that the priest/king of Salem (later Jerusalem) was a worshiper of the Most High God! God had given Abraham the commission to bless all nations. Yet He Himself had already touched the heart of a Canaanite priest/king. The conversation between these two men of God confirms for us the fact that God is Lord over all of the earth (Genesis 14:19, 22) and that knowledge of Him was not confined during this era just to Abraham and his family. History is full of stories telling how people groups have responded to the gospel in amazing ways because they already had an idea of the true God deeply imbedded in their culture! But, how will they know the Lord in a life-changing way unless someone tells them?
Lord, give us hearts to pray that missionaries will find those whose hearts you have touched.
In 1950 it was India’s third richest state, but now it is one of its poorest. Bihar has been besieged by corruption and mafia-style politics. Bihar has been called “the graveyard of missions” because years of effort have yielded little fruit among the Hindu and Muslim populations. It is the lower castes that have been most responsive to the gospel, but evangelists have not been able to penetrate the existing social hurdles in order to witness to the politically powerful, but spiritually needy middle and upper caste Bihari peoples.
As indentured servants over 150 years ago, many Biharis emigrated to Mauritius, Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, Surinam, and Fiji. Today their descendents still live in these regions, but have become successful business people and politicians. Biharis are still leaving their home state to find economic opportunities. Today Bihari Hindus excel in technical and administrative fields all over the globe.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for efforts to reach them not only in Bihar, but also in their adopted homelands around the world. Pray for the many indigenous mission agencies in other parts of India to give attention to the needs of their Bihari neighbors. Pray that “the graveyard of missions” can be evangelized and even become a new sending base for mission efforts in the 21st century.-JS