Daily Topic for May 27, 2008

Romans 15:20
"It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation."

This verse could be the motto of all frontier mission-minded Christians! Paul was certainly a leader in the early Church both in spiritual and organizational matters. But his heart was always concerned with the frontiers of the gospel, where Christ had not been named. Even with all of his pastoral and leadership duties among new and struggling churches, he pressed on. Of course there are many people who need to be won to Christ here at home and in other cultures that already have a church of their own. And certainly new Christians must be trained well. Yet we must not forget Paul’s example.

Pray that the Lord will foster in our churches this same ambition to preach the gospel where Christ is not named.

Patels in the United States

At the time of this writing, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, said that over 60 percent of the motels and hotels in the U.S. were owned by Indian nationals. Of that figure a third have the surname Patel, which means “farmer” or “village leader.” The head of the Federation of Asian Indian Organizations in America joked that the Patels own more motels than Hilton or Sheraton combined.

Alhan Patel and his wife and four children live with his parents. Together with two brothers and assorted cousins they operate a motel franchise from a major chain along a key highway. Family-run businesses and combined living arrangements are the norm for these immigrants. They were offered U.S. citizenship if they were willing to invest $40,000 in a business. Motels provide them with housing and simply require willingness to work long hours. Since family responsibilities are not considered labor, they have been able to bring strings of brothers and cousins to the U.S. to help run the family endeavor.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

As Christians deal with the Patels in the U.S., pray that the love of God will permeate every encounter. Let the sweet fragrance of Christ be so desirable that entire Patel families will seek and find Jesus.-PE

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