Daily Topic for June 06, 2008
Note the two facts especially relevant to the frontier mission movement: missionaries bring the fragrant gospel of Jesus Christ, and that message brings both life…and death! As missionaries fan out around the world into every unreached people group, a sweet spiritual fragrance is released! Many people will be attracted to the marvelous, compelling gospel. Those who respond with faith and obedience will find new life in Christ. But to those who reject the message, there will be death.
O Father, send laborers to occupy those unreached people groups. May Your Word be quickly understood and taken to heart, and may multiplied millions find new life in Christ Jesus.
Sri Lanka, formerly called Ceylon, is a beautiful island just off the coast of south India. The Buddhist Sinhalese people are about 75 percent of the population. Tradition states that the Apostle Thomas brought the gospel to the Sinhalese in the early days of Christianity. But early in the 19th century persecution caused the Sinhalese to set sail for all parts of the globe. Today there are about 16 million Sinhalese people scattered around the world.
Singapore is home to about 19,000 of these South Asian people. Though there is a Sinhalese body of believers in Singapore, the Sinhalese are overwhelmingly Buddhist. There is someone who calls himself “The Dancing Monk” who once won Sinhalese hearts for Buddha through dance and drama. He described his work as an “audio-vision sermon” that communicates the doctrines of Buddhism to a new generation. Perhaps followers of Christ can learn that drama is a great way to communicate a message among these oral learners.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to raise up drama teams to show Sinhalese Buddhists the ways of Jesus. Pray that the one known Sinhalese Christian fellowship in Singapore will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and that the gospel will once again go forth. Pray that the Word falls on soft and fertile ground and that there is an abundant harvest of souls for Jesus Christ. Pray that we see throngs of Singapore Sinhalese singing praises around the throne of the Lamb on that precious longed-for day in Heaven.-PE