Daily Topic for March 23, 2008
Jesus likened the spiritual responsiveness of the Samaritan woman and her community to fields ripe for immediate harvest by alert workers. These words to His disciples are still applicable for us today. Can we see? Are our eyes opened? Fields are ripe for the harvest. Surely today, in analyzing the responsiveness of our world to the gospel, in realizing that the numbers of evangelical Christians are growing at a faster rate than those of non-Christians, we must recognize the spiritual receptivity of hundreds upon hundreds of human societies. Are we eagerly looking for ripe harvests, or do they catch us unaware?
Traditionally, the Khalka Mongol people have worshipped the creation rather than the Creator. In the 13th and 14th centuries, some Mongols adopted Christianity in the form of Catholicism. However, most Khalka people converted to Buddhism in the late 1500s. Since the reigning Marxist government promoted Atheism from about 1917 to 1989, nearly 75 percent of the Khalkas became Atheists. Today, many Khalkas are returning to a religious mixture of Buddhism and Shamanism. They have turned this way and that. Perhaps they will soon find stability by turning to Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Some still live nomadic lives, while others work on community farms in Russia, China or Mongolia. Many younger Khalka people live in Soviet-built apartment houses in Russian cities. They often work in industry or mining. Khalka youths usually marry in their early to mid-twenties and have large families. They love music, dancing and horseracing.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for more loving Christians to evangelize the Khalka people. Ask God to free the Mongols from occult powers, alcoholism and violence, and replace these vices with a firm reliance on the Holy Spirit. Pray that God will speak to the hearts of many believers and raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Khalka Mongols.-AK