Daily Topic for March 07, 2008
The angels, Mary, and Zechariah had heralded the coming King. Now Simeon, too, praised God that the birth of baby Jesus revealed a salvation prepared in the sight of all peoples. Luke uses the word ‘peoples’ in the plural to denote the scope of this baby’s ministry. Jesus would not only touch the lives of many individual people, but would also bring light to all peoples and nations-Jew and Gentile alike.
Glorious Lord, we too praise You that Your salvation extends to the ends of the earth!
The Hezhen people of China have no organized church, no trained church leaders, and only 60 known believers! In 1996, Chinese believers evangelized Hezhen people in Jiejnkou County, and 60 of them put their faith in Jesus and were baptized. However, among these believers, there is still no organized church, and no trained leaders are available.
Scriptures were translated into Russia’s Hezhen language in 1884, but these Scriptures are outdated and unavailable. Secularism and Atheism have eroded traditional Hezhen beliefs, which include worship of the sky, earth, sun, moon, stars, mountains, rivers, and trees. When a Hezhen child dies, the body is wrapped in birch bark and placed inside a tree where it is allowed to decompose naturally.
Along the Russian-Chinese border where the Hezhens live, winter temperatures plummet to -40. The Hezhens have an abundance of wildlife during summer months including deer, fish, bears, and pheasants. They are a resourceful people, making shoes, coats, and pants out of fish skins. With a population of roughly 1,000 people, the Hezhens are the third smallest minority group along this border. Fifty-five minority groups are known to live in their area. The Hezhen people trace their history back to the Sushen tribe which occupied this area about 700 BC.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to establish an unshakable body of believers among this small group along the Russian-Chinese border.-CH