Daily Topic for April 14, 2008
Imagine what you would do if you heard the Lord tell you, a devout Christian, to go to a strange place and pray for a presumably active enemy of Christianity. That would take some courage and faith! Ananias obeyed, however, and ministered to a man who would become one of the most influential frontier missionaries of all time: the apostle Paul. Often those who are most antagonistic toward the faith later become its most fervent advocates.
As you consider the personal implications of Ananias’ simple obedience, pray about those you minister to who could become pioneer missionaries.
Have you ever heard of the Rai people of eastern Nepal? Probably not. But you probably know about the Gurkhas, most of whom come from a Rai ethnic background. Their reputation for bravery serving in the Royal Nepalese Army is widely known. Considered to be among the finest soldiers in the world, they are characterized by their daring and boldness.
By joining the army, Gurkhas gain respect and are able to escape the debilitating effects of poverty. Those who choose not to enlist must depend on ancient farming methods in order to survive.
Some Gurkhas have immigrated to the U.K. where they are highly respected and in demand as soldiers. Many have been hired to work for private security forces aimed at defusing terrorist threats.
In Nepal, very few Gurkhas have the opportunity to hear that Christ can free them from spiritual darkness. In the U.K., they have the chance to hear of His glory, but the vast majority continues to be held captive by a mixture of Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to send His own special forces to loose the Gurkhas in the U.K. and Nepal from the terrorist acts of Satan. Ask Him to raise up believers who will regularly focus their prayers on this often forgotten people group. Pray for many to come to the faith and, in turn, employ their trademark courage in reaching their fellow Gurkhas with the good news of Jesus.-CL