Daily Topic for June 15, 2008
In this chapter, the apostle Paul uses a number of terms to describe the conditions of those without Christ: dead, worldly, sons of disobedience, children of wrath, separated from Christ, excluded, strangers, people without hope and without God. What a litany of pain and sorrow! We who experience so much of God’s goodness and grace must never forget that there are about 10,000 people groups in the world for whom this description is absolutely accurate.
Lord, move Christian students, churches, and mission agencies to unite in bringing the good news to those who are “far off.”
“You mentioned you went to a wonderful coastal resort in Myanmar. Is this where the Chaungtha people live? I thought they lived in the hills.” The geography teacher replied to the confused student’s question. “There is no connection between the resort town of Chaungtha and the Chaungtha people who live in the mountains of central Myanmar. For some reason, their name means “people of the valley.”
The majority of the 150,000 Chaungthas live in the mountainous terrain by streams where they cultivate crops such as rice, cotton, tobacco, and opium poppies. Their extended families live together in large houses raised above ground by posts. Some of the houses are up to 100 feet in length. The tight family clans are starting to unite into stronger communities. Chaungtha language is very close to Burmese, and they use a Burmese script in their writing. Many Chaungthas identify themselves as Burmese, hoping to receive more benefits from the government. They practice Buddhism along with traditional ethnic practices, which involve the appeasement of spirits in nature. They feel the only way to control the spirits is to give them offerings. A few Chaungtha people have heard the gospel message and there might be a few believers among them. Their remote location, the political tensions of Myanmar and the restriction of allowing Christian witness in the country have all limited the gospel from reaching the Chaungtha.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will open a way for the Chaungthas to know and receive His Word.-PD