Daily Topic for July 22, 2008

2 Tim. 2:15
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth."

God has committed His Word to us-the revelation of who He is and the statement of His purpose for us. In order to “correctly handle” this Word, we must understand and use it as God intended. God outlined His purpose for mankind in the Garden of Eden and His plan to accomplish that purpose in His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). God’s deepest concern is to bring people from every nation (cultural group) into fellowship with Himself. Today about 8,000 of these cultural groups have no Christian community in their midst. Our correct handling of the Word of truth will place priority on God’s clearly-revealed purposes for these unreached peoples.

Lord, open our eyes to understand Your Word, and then lead us to obey what we learn.

Palaung People

Splash! The sanctified water fight was on, and the Palaung teenagers were splashing each other for good luck, laughing and screeching all the while. Though they have many festivals, this “Water Splashing Festival” is the most important. The Palaung people wash all their Buddhist statues and honor their elders by washing their hands and feet. Best of all, they can get wet on a hot day!

Hinayana Buddhism, often mixed with animistic practices, is the center of the lives of the Palaung (aka, De’ang) people. Most of their boys begin their Buddhist studies in temples starting at age 10. Only a few remain to become monks. The majority will leave the temples to resume a secular life.

With only about 15,500 people, the Palaungs are among the smallest ethnic minorities in China. You can find them scattered across Yunnan Province living in villages with other ethnic groups. They speak Palaung, but have no written script. They often learn the languages of the other groups with whom they live. Only a few have learned to read these other languages. Palaungs feel that working hard, mainly as farmers, gives them spiritual merit. As Buddhists, they believe that their gods already have predetermined their fates in life. They do not see any need to change, nor do they have strong feelings of guilt or sin in their lives. Almost no Palaung person has responded to the gospel.

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Pray that Chinese Christians will bring the gospel to these people. Pray that Palaungs will receive and accept God’s word.-PD

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