Daily Topic for July 17, 2008

1 Tim. 6:10
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

Jesus clearly said, “No man can serve two masters…you cannot serve God and mammon (which means gain or advantage).” God created us with a need to love Him. When we turn from loving God as a central focus in life, we try to fill that void by devoting our love to something far less worthy than the Lord. And whatever we love that is less than God soon becomes “god” to us. If we substitute the love of money for the love of God, we open ourselves to a myriad of sorrows and disappointments.

Father, keep us from greed. Fill our hearts with love for You, our Provider and Sustainer, and with commitment to Your purposes.

Hmong Leng People of China

Those unfamiliar with China’s rich cultural makeup often assume the country is one ethnic society, but this is far from true. There are hundreds of very unique ethnic minorities within China’s borders, each with its own language, customs and dress.

Such is the case with the Hmong Leng people, considered a sub-group of the Miao under the Chinese government’s inaccurate attempt to pigeon-hole all groups into an official 55 minorities. They are geographically widespread and populous, but are especially populous in Yunnan Province and even in Vietnam and Laos.

During religious festivals, it is easy to spot young Hmong Leng (pronounced Hmong-Leng) women wearing dresses made from hemp cloth and flat round black and white turbans. Similar to so many of China’s other minorities, they practice ancestor worship, and Hmong Leng homes typically have a spirit and ancestral altar on a wall in the main room of the house. The Hmong near the Vietnam border have a greater chance to hear the gospel than their counterparts farther north. Around Kaiyuan County there are a few Christian communities among other minorities, but the Hmong Leng remain largely untouched. Perhaps the greatest opportunity for them to hear the gospel comes from their young people who are increasingly traveling to cities in search of employment.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Hmong Leng youth to be evangelized and to return to their ancestral lands with their new riches, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will raise up this new generation to spread Christ’s fame throughout China and Vietnam.-JS

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