Daily Topic for July 13, 2008

1 Tim. 4:12
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."

Many of those today whose lives are focused on frontier missions are young people. Sometimes older Christians may lightly dismiss the enthusiasm and commitment of youth such as these and call it “youthful vigor” or “naive idealism.” God’s Word instructs us to learn from younger brothers and sisters whose lives demonstrate godly zeal and wisdom.

Pray for younger leaders who are seeking to lead their generation in obeying the Great Commission. Pray that God will use their energetic “youthful vigor” for His glory.

Xibe Peoples of China

Wang and Topaz glanced at the pretty girl who walked by, then gave each other a sly grin. As she walked away, they blushed, and continued on their journey, hoes and bags slung over their shoulders.

Why did they blush? Though it’s natural for teenaged boys to look at a pretty girl, they hadn’t noticed until she walked past that she wore two braids rather than one, meaning that she is married.

The two brothers continued on their journey, hoping to find some good melons in the garden to offer to their ancestors. The Xibe (pronounced Shee-ba) peoples offer melons to their ancestral spirits every July. They also practice Tibetan Buddhism.

But religion is becoming less important to the two Xibe subgroups that live on opposite sides of China. “Operation China” says, “Most Xibe are nonreligious in everyday matters, although elements of ancestor worship and polytheism remain evident.”

In recent years, however, there have emerged a couple of Xibe churches for these 217,000 people. They have never had any written scriptures, but they now have gospel recordings in their language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Holy Spirit will open Xibe eyes to the truth of the gospel as they hear it in their own language and in Mandarin Chinese. Pray that gospel recordings will be distributed in all Xibe communities. Pray that as Xibes offer melons to their ancestors this month that they will come to recognize the One who is the true sacrifice.-KC

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