Daily Topic for March 10, 2008
Wherever you are in your walk with Christ and in your commitment to the cause of proclaiming Him among the nations, carefully consider this parable. What kind of soil are you? You have read of God’s concern for the nations; is this word bouncing off you like the seed bounced off the road? Are you rocky soil, becoming excited about missions only once a year at a missionary conference? Will your present commitment to mission be choked by the pleasures and riches of which Jesus spoke? Or will you let your vision grow and multiply as you share it with other Christians, and will you reproduce your life by giving it away for the sake of others?
Father, find us to be “good soil” in which the “seed” of Your Word produces much fruit for Your glory.
God must really be working in the hearts and lives of Siberia’s ethnic minorities, because Satan would rather kill than allow them to come to Christ! One missionary in the area tells of three bizarre incidents where young men with great potential were on the verge of becoming believers and each died or was killed suddenly and violently. The missionary says this is typical of what occurs time after time with ministry attempts to ethnic minorities in Siberia.
Gospel Recordings Network (GRN) has a team of two families living in Siberia to record Bible stories and teachings in each of 30 ethnic languages. They have made several key contacts, gathered significant information about the needs of the people, and they hope to start a recording work for about seven ethnic groups. One Siberian pastor zealously travels in the dead of winter across dangerous Arctic ice to evangelize and encourage new nomadic believers. He is thrilled to have tapes and hand-winding cassettes for his work. One new GRN team member is giving up a good job in another area to join the recording group because he has personally experienced the power of hearing the gospel in his own language instead of in Russian.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these efforts will result in thousands of formerly unreached Siberians turning their hearts to Christ.-JS