Daily Topic for October 30, 2007

Ruth 4:14
"Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!"

Naomi’s friends praised God for not leaving her without a kinsman-redeemer, and we, too, rejoice that God did not leave us without a kinsman-redeemer. He has blessed us by giving us His Son, Jesus, who as Boaz’ descendant was indeed “made famous” throughout Israel. And God desires that we declare to all of the world’s peoples that their Kinsman-Redeemer lives. Let us do so joyfully and diligently in this restless world.

Father, we do praise You for giving us Jesus, our Kinsman-Redeemer. We want to sound His praises to the ends of the earth!

-Gaddi people of South Asia

The Gaddi people and their neighbors would both agree that the Gaddis are low on the social “totem pole” in Pakistan, India and Nepal. Traditionally, they have not really been nomadic, although many Gaddis do travel with their flocks to higher pastures in the summer months. Animal husbandry has been their traditional occupation, but of late, they have been engaged in business, service, and government occupations. They have a favorable attitude toward education for both boys and girls. Typically boys will drop out of school for economic reasons and girls for social ones. Without adequate education, the Gaddi people are not likely to climb out of poverty.

Most Gaddis are Sunni Muslim, with Mecca and Medina as their sacred places. Few of them strictly adhere to Islamic rule. For example, many of them are given to alcohol consumption, which is forbidden by Islam. Drinking habits also have a way of keeping people from making their way up the social ladder. There is no significant Gaddi Christian population.

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Pray that God will move among the Gaddis to eliminate heavy drinking from their communities, and that instead they will walk in the ways directed by the Holy Spirit. Pray that miraculous doors will open for the gospel to impact the Gaddi people. Pray that South Asian Christians will shed their socially imposed ways of thinking so that they will be free to proclaim the gospel to the Gaddi people.-JR

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