Daily Topic for July 04, 2008

1 Thessalonians 2:9
"Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you."

Paul made tents to support himself and his team in their first-century ministry of church-planting throughout the northern Mediterranean world. Today, modern “tentmakers” are working in countries across the globe with a vision of establishing indigenous churches among peoples with no vital Christian witness.

Pray that today’s tentmakers will not only be successful in their “secular” endeavors, but that they will leave behind them growing, evangelizing churches.

-North Koreans of North Korea

Chung stands less than five feet tall, and looks more like a boy of 10 than a teenager of 15. Because he stands out in China, this North Korean youth cannot go outside of the apartment where he lives. The Chinese police would deport him back to the nightmare we call North Korea. He has no Chinese identity papers, so he can’t go to school or get a job. At least he hadn’t been hungry since the relief workers agreed to let him stay in their apartment.

No one knows how many North Korean youths are hiding in China, but the number is probably in the tens of thousands. Often children get separated from their families. Their parents may have been killed or arrested and deported back to North Korea. The famine in North Korea has gotten so bad that whole families now take incredible risks by fleeing to China in their search for food. They realize that getting caught will mean deportation to North Korea and probably death.

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Pray that these refugees will also find spiritual food, the Word of God that can save them from their sins. May God send faithful workers to reach out to these desperate children. Pray that there will be a wave of repentance in North Korea, that will transform this hellish nation into what God wants it to be.-WK

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