Daily Topic for July 15, 2008

1 Tim. 6:7
"For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it."

In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus told the story about a wise steward who was found short in his accounts and was about to be fired. This steward commendably used his position to gain favor with his employer’s customers in order to make provision for his future. God makes clear that we cannot carry material wealth out of this world. But we can invest material goods in things that last forever-the destiny of men. Every dollar we contribute to frontier missions outreach pays eternal dividends. It’s true that we can’t take money with us-but we can send it on ahead.

Pray that God will give us the wisdom to invest our money in things that last forever.

Iu Mien People

Gathered around their grandfather, the fidgeting children begged him to tell them again about the three great books. He patiently repeated the story he had told so often. “The Book of Day must be consulted before you decide the luckiest day for your marriage. The Ancestor Book will name nine generations of your ancestors, and the Mien Passport was issued by Emperor Pien Hung to our Iu Mien ancestors to allow them freedom to travel and cultivate land in his territory.”

The Iu Mien (pronounced Yoo-Mee-en) people of China have a rich folk literature, including many myths, legends and folktales. Over one million live primarily in China’s mountain counties of the western provinces of Guangxi, Guandong, Yunnan, Hunnan, and Guizhou. The Iu Mien are mainly farmers, famous for their steeply terraced rice paddies which cling to the sides of steep cliffs. They are very family-oriented with many generations living in large extended family homes with perhaps as many as 60 individuals. Although some marriages are still arranged by parents, the choice now is generally left up to the young couple.

There are about 10,000 Christians among the Iu Mien, but the majority practice ancestor and spirit worship. Some living in Yunnan Province have had access to gospel radio broadcasts in their language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Christian literature, radio and TV programs will be made available to the Iu Mien people so that their names can be written in the most important book, the Lamb’s Book of Life.-JS

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