Daily Topic for July 26, 2008
This great statement affirms that Jesus Christ shapes the boundaries of human history. He is the beginning, the Creator of all things, the Maker of everything that exists. And He is the end, the focal point to which all history is moving. Since Christ is the beginning and end of human history, what a tragedy that 40 percent of the world’s population has little chance of knowing Him! They are cut off from any effective means of learning about Jesus by barriers of religion, culture, language, and race.
Lord Jesus, we praise and thank You for redeeming us. Enflame our hearts to give to others the knowledge we have received.
The Muji people who are pushed deep into the mountains, remain isolated. They maintain their cultural customs and language. The women wear an ornate braided hairstyle that resembles a crown. These Mujis who live in the mountains struggle to grow corn in the rocky soil. However, those Mujis who stayed in the plains speak Mandarin and they are assimilated into the broader Chinese culture. Their government now includes them as part of the “Yi nationality,” a cluster of several often unrelated ethnic groups.
There is one known Christian among the Muji people-an elderly woman. Gospel recordings were produced in 1999, and a small number of Mujis may have access to a church.
Parents choose godparents for their children when they reach the age of six or seven. Godparents are responsible for protection through life and into the afterlife. The godparents give the child a surname as well as symbolic clothing and jewelry. The most important piece of jewelry is the “spirit rope” they place on the child’s wrist. In a way, they pass their responsibilities on to the spirit rope, which they believe has the power to lead the child safely through life and into the afterlife. No doubt, the godparents realize their lack of power.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God’s power will reach these unreached people. Pray that the Muji people will place their trust in Jesus Christ rather than spirit ropes. Ask God to work through the gospel recordings and make them widely available.-AK