Daily Topic for October 04, 2007

Josh. 3:2-4
"When you see the ark of the covenant...follow it.... Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before"

Because of their unbelief and rebellion at Kadesh Barnea, the people of Israel had wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, following their old trails and using their old campsites. Now it was time to move ahead in faith and obedience. But how? They didn’t know where to go. They had never been this way before. God said, “Follow me.” We face the challenge of about 10,000 unreached people groups. In order to plant churches among these societies, the Church must discover new paths, new ways, new approaches. As we reach out in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission, we can depend on Him to show the way.

Dear Lord, fill us with Your joy as we go forth at Your command. May Your love shine through us to love the peoples of the earth.

Muslim Bangladeshis of Bangladesh

Jamial was one of the boys in Bangladesh who had never gone to school. At age 13 he worked as an electrician’s assistant. Working with live electrical wires each day, he knew one false move could leave him dead. He needed to work to help feed a family of six, since his father didn’t make enough money to keep the family fed. Taking a break, Jamial wiped the sweat from his brow. He didn’t complain about the hardness of life, for he thought this was the fate Allah had decreed for him. 

Like most Bangladeshis, Jamial is a Muslim and probably hasn’t heard the true gospel of salvation. Child labor is a serious problem in Bangladesh. Often teenaged boys work long hours for $1.50 a day. Girls often work as domestic servants, and are at risk for being sold into prostitution.

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There is an open door for community development workers to reach out to the peoples of Bangladesh. Tuition-free Christian schools can also be used to spread the message of salvation to the children of Bangladesh. Ask God to raise up the right people to serve in both of these ministries. Pray that God would relax the regulations that currently hamper the work of foreign relief agencies in Bangladesh.-WK

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