Daily Topic for July 09, 2008

1 Tim. 1:15
"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."

Why did Jesus come? Over and over again the gospel record clearly says that Jesus came into the world with one central purpose: to minister and to give His life as a ransom for all who would accept Him. He did not come for the religious or the (self) righteous, but for those who were and are aware of their own spiritual need. Our role is to take this “good news” to those who have had no opportunity to hear.

Pray that God will use us today, this week, and this month to share this “good news.”

Dariganga Mongols of Mongolia

Dzelen huffed as he walked into his family’s yurt at the end of a school day, sat down, and looked at the floor. His grandmother called out to the 12-year-old boy. “What is the matter, Dzelen? Were there crazed yaks chasing you out there?” The boy was not amused when he replied, “No, but there are a bunch of obnoxious girls who act like yaks. Bevrag kept poking me with a stick as I walked home. After I grabbed the stick from her, she ran away, then came back with another one and did it again!”

The grandmother chuckled and said, “Did you know that in my parents’ day, girls would get married when they were a year older than you are? If you lived 100 years ago, you might have had to marry her!” Dzelen grunted and left the yurt.

Dzelen is from the Dariganga Mongol people, a subgroup of the Mongols that has their own dialect, region and identity. There are about 40,000 of them in Mongolia, near the Chinese border.

Like other Mongolian peoples, the Darigangas mix shamanism with Tibetan Buddhism. With the advent of communism in the 1920s, the monasteries closed until the communist government was replaced. The Dariganga people have their own Tibetan Buddhist monastery, called the Yeguzer Khatagtyn Monastery, and it is now attracting Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that leaders of this monastery will turn their hearts to Christ, and teach Tibetan Buddhists to do the same.-KC

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