Daily Topic for May 19, 2008
Here Paul was again showing his concern for his own people group, the zealous Jews of his day. His heart yearned for them, and he spent time on his knees in prayer for their salvation. This was in addition to his willingness to accept their punishment for rejecting Christ (Romans 9:3)! We, as Paul, ought not let our zeal for the unreached peoples diminish our concern for the lost of our own people group. But our concern for our own people must not overshadow our zeal for the unreached peoples, either.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will give us His love for those around us and for unreached peoples.
In the summer of 2007, Sikh families in Canada won a victory. According to an “Associated Press” article from July 26, 2007, the Canadian government reversed its policy that required Sikhs moving to Canada to take on new surnames. The more than 275,000 Sikhs in Canada are welcoming this reversal.
Many Sikhs in the West desire to maintain their familiar Indian lifestyle, as well as their Punjabi names. Unfortunately, an example of the negative aspect of this desire is the relative increase of tensions among Punjabis in Canada every time violence increases in Punjab itself. The Punjabi mafia is known as “strong but invisible” in the West, according to Wikipedia at the time of this writing. There are four significant Punjabi mafia families that wield a great deal of influence.
Sikhism is a combined set of Hindu and Islamic beliefs founded in northern India during the 16th century. Punjabi Sikhs in the West are usually very distinctive with their tightly wound head turbans. Punjabi Hindus and Muslims do not wear the turban. Thanks to the work of India Gospel Outreach, Punjabis in India are being reached for Christ, but there is still much work in North America.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Punjabi Sikh families in the U.S. and Canada will encounter God’s people and be drawn to Christ.-JR