Daily Topic for July 25, 2008

Philemon 6
"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."

It has been observed that only when we share the gospel across cultural barriers can we fully comprehend the gospel message ourselves. When we see the truths of the gospel through the eyes of another culture, those truths come alive for us in a new way. Sharing our faith with another people group forces us to examine what in our worship must be universal and what is only cultural. Perhaps the confusion which pervades so many of our churches about the content of the gospel message is due to our failure to seriously share this message with other groups.

Pray that a frontier missions priority in our churches will result in our greater understanding of “every good thing we have in Christ.”

Mosuo People of China

Marriage, as other cultures know it, is uncommon among the Mosuo people of China. Mosuo (pronounced Mo-sor) young people prefer a “visiting” relationship instead of living together in commitment and taking responsibility for children born into the family. They refer to this as ‘sisi’ (walking back and forth). He visits her at night and walks back to his mother’s home in the morning. At about the age of 12 a girl is free to receive male visitors. This walking marriage also means a girl can end the relationship by no longer opening the door to him. This involves no social or economic obligation for the man when a child is born of such a relationship. His responsibility is to help raise his sister’s children, not his own. Yet God’s Word exhorts a father to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Likewise, the child is to honor his father (Eph. 6:2), but the child may never know his earthly nor his heavenly Father.

The Mosuo people need God’s word! Because they have no written language, gospel recordings are the only Christian helps available. Tibetan Buddhism has a strong hold on the Mosuo people.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Christian workers familiar with the Mosuo language and culture, to go to them with the JESUS Film. Pray that these workers will have a burden to help the Mosuo people find joy in a new life in Christ and a new commitment in marriage.-MH

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