Daily Topic for May 29, 2008

Romans 15:30, 32
"I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me...so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed."

One of the most trying times in the life of a missionary family is not language learning or adjusting to new cultures. It is the furlough time. Often intended-at least in part-for rest and refreshment, furlough times are more frequently crowded with speaking engagements and church visits. These occasions pressure the missionary to be “up” all the time. No wonder many missionaries look forward to returning to the field to get some rest!

Pray for furloughing missionaries, that they might find “refreshing rest” in the company of their supporters.

South Asian Outreach in Chicago

Date: November 5, 2007. The sun is barely rising over Chicago, but already the friendship center is crowded. Televisions blare. Viewers cheer and moan. Half a world away, cricket teams from India and Pakistan face off in a five-day tournament. Personnel at the friendship center hurry with requests for chai, halva and parathas. The staff represents the neighborhood: Pakistanis and Indians, with a few white faces sprinkled in. This first game builds in excitement. Each Indian score brings cheers from their supporters. Each Pakistani wicket draws its own shouts. Friendly banter flies. One could easily forget that their border remains heavily armed.

But at Chicago’s South Asian Friendship Center, the atmosphere is electric, yet peaceful. Muslim Pakistanis and Hindu Indians sit at neighboring tables. As the first game ends, the Indians smile and cheer. The Pakistanis say, “We’ll get you in the next game.”

Meanwhile, the Christian staff mingles, building friendships. In God’s time, doors open for believers to witness to these South Asian immigrants in Chicago.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the South Asian Friendship Center and all the other outreach efforts in Chicago. Pray for more than 14 churches ministering to the South Asian communities in their own languages in Chicago. Pray for more servants to join these already serving.-EF

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