Daily Topic for July 20, 2008

2 Tim. 2:2
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."

This principle of personal multiplication is the key means of creating a movement. Because of its effectiveness, people have adapted it to everything from guerrilla warfare to political conquest to selling floor wax. Paul intended that church planters should be trained through the principle of personal multiplication. As Paul had trained Timothy to establish new churches, Timothy was to equip others to do the same. What about your vision for reaching the world’s unreached peoples? Have you passed that vision on to others?

Dear Lord, show us how to best share what we’re learning with other believers.

Suodi People of China

Opium courses through Hwang’s system. The first sharp warm pleasure assaults his brain and radiates to the rest of the body. He knows that soon he will experience hours of glowing bliss. He has seen others of his Suodi (pronounced Swohr-dee) community lose themselves to the addiction to opium. He swallows the lie that this will not be his fate.

Addiction already grips this Suodi youth, though he does not recognize it. Opium usage has resurfaced among this group in China’s Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.

Meanwhile others of his ethnic group become traders, farmers and herders. In fact, Suodi has become a brand name for certain household products.

But conflicts plague the Suodi history: War with their Nosu neighbors, battles between Suodi clans and combat with Chinese soldiers. During “The Long March” of the Communist Revolution, many Suodi people in this region joined the efforts to overthrow oppressive powers.

Hwang has heard about Christians, but he knows nothing of their beliefs. His grandparents believed in many gods. They also honored their ancestors and worshiped Yasomu, the all-powerful god. But those “superstitions” are long gone-replaced by communist notions that there is no spiritual realm. Meanwhile, Hwang remains trapped in a meaningless life. Opium dulls the pain until the drug wears off and he has to face his misery once again.

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Pray for Christ to intervene in the lives of Suodi youth who feel drawn to opium’s false promise. Pray for Christians in neighboring districts to bring them the hope of Christ.-EF

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