Daily Topic for June 14, 2008

Ephesians 1:3
"Praise be to...God, who has blessed us...with every spiritual blessing."

How grateful we are for the blessings the apostle details in this passage! Have we ever considered why God has blessed us? The immediate context suggests that we are blessed so others will “praise His glory” (Vs. 6, 12, 14). But what does that mean in our lives? God’s original covenant with Abraham promised him blessings, and those blessings were to be regarded as resources to carry out a mission to “bless all the families of the earth (Zech. 14:17).” Surely our blessings in Christ Jesus are not different. Blessings are not for us alone, but to equip us to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

Father, make us a blessing.

Buddhist Taungyo People of Myanmar

“This is the famous cave of Pindaya; it is home for over 8,000 Buddha images, made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, bamboo, and cement. These sacred images invite you to pray and feel their peace.” Tutu, a devout Buddhist Taungyo man, was explaining the important religious site to tourists who were visiting Pindaya, Myanmar.

More than 560,000 Buddhist Taungyo people live in the beautiful region of Shan State in central Myanmar. About 25,000 live in Pindaya and the others in remote villages around the town that they share with other indigenous groups like the Ap-O, Palaung, Shan, and Danau. They speak a form of Burmese, and are easily identified by their unique accent. Their principal livelihood is growing crops such as rice, tobacco and opium poppies. As mentioned on day 10, half of the world’s illegal opium is produced in Shan State. The Burmese military forcibly maintains control over this region, and only recently has there been relative calm in Shan State. New roads and better forms of transportation have attracted more visitors and provided new jobs to Shan State in recent years. But do the Taungyo people get these jobs, or do they go to outsiders?

Taungyo people are Buddhists who feel they must try to appease evil spirits so harm will not come to them. No Scripture is available in their language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that many Christians will visit the Taungyos with God’s Good News.-PD

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