Daily Topic for June 29, 2008

Colossians 4:3
"And pray for us, too, that God might open a door for our message."

We are often tempted to bemoan “closed doors”- areas where the clear proclamation of the gospel is prohibited or otherwise greatly hindered. In a certain sense, closed doors are God’s responsibility, but they also may be opened by the faithful, believing prayer of God’s people. Closed doors are of special concern to us because so many of the unreached peoples are located in areas which are “closed” to the gospel. We know that it is God’s will that these peoples hear and respond to His offer of life in Christ Jesus. We must remember that we face doors, not walls, and that they are only closed-not bolted, locked or jammed.

Lord, open doors for the clear proclamation of Your truth throughout the earth.

Nyaw People of Laos and Thailand

At 15 years old, she was sold to some men. Now she slaves for them in Bangkok, her dignity ruined. But she dreams of her home among the Nyaw people. Crowded alleyways contrast with the narrow trails in the rain forest. Noisy urban streets recall the fluttering butterflies. A baby’s scream stirs memories of birds crying to each other.

Grandmother boasted about the old ways. They grew rice, fruit, vegetables, and other crops. They fed their family and sold the surplus. Now they are poorer than nearby groups, so they look to the government for help. The girl, far from home, struggles to see any reason for pride in her tribe.

Today few Nyaw children learn their ancient language and even fewer adopt their traditions. Gradually, they merge with the surrounding culture. Living on either side of the Mekong River, they become more Thai or more Laotian. In either case, they become less Nyaw.

The Nyaw have lived near Buddhists for centuries. While some of them practice Buddhist rituals, most still cling to traditional Animism or spirit worship. They worship many spirits, especially those people in Laos. Every year, each village sacrifices to its guardian spirit.

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Pray that the Lord of the harvest will call workers to reach this near-forgotten tribe. Ask that the Holy Spirit prepare hearts of the Nyaw people to hear and receive the message of Jesus Christ. Pray for physical and spiritual freedom for the lost Nyaw girls, whose dignity has been destroyed.-EF

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