Daily Topic for November 07, 2007

1 Sam. 7:12
"Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far the Lord has helped us.'"

Samuel was celebrating God’s help in giving victory over the Philistines. This stone became for the Israelites a permanent testimony that God would help whenever they called out to Him. Some Bible commentators have noted that the countryside of Palestine was liberally sprinkled with piles of stones commemorating the Lord’s assistance in some time of crisis or need. We, too, need memorials to remind us of God’s faithfulness to us and of His demands upon us. How quickly we forget His care and commands in our times of great need!

O Lord, use this prayer guide to remind us not only of Your love for us but also of Your love for peoples who still do not know You.

Baloch People

Hamid lost everything in June’s monsoonal flood. After years of drought, when rain came, it arrived in a torrent. Sweeping down the mountains, it destroyed his home with those of 800,000 others. The multinational agencies in Balochistan could have planned against much of the destruction, but they had other interests.

Hamid does not know about the oil and gas, or the copper, gold, silver, iron ore, lead, and zinc around him. He does not know about the barite, marble, granite, gypsum, limestone, coal, dolomite, calcite, and silica sand. Multinational agencies come to his region where Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan meet. He does not know that they will trade his future and his people’s resources for their own wealth. And that is how many want to keep Hamid and his fellow Balochis: ignorant and poor.

What if someone asked the Balochis what they want and empowered them to achieve their economic goals in this rich province? Could such workers win the confidence of the Balochis? Could this someone introduce the wealth of the grace of God to Hamid’s people?

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Pray that the tentmakers in the region will win the confidence of the Balochis, providing a better local economy and a rich spiritual heritage in Christ. Pray that the reconstruction from the floods will bring help from believers.-EF

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