Daily Topic for July 31, 2008

Heb. 6:19-20
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf."

Reflect for a minute how much you have to be thankful for. Christ Himself entered on our behalf. He is the one who paid for all of our sins, past, present, and future. God’s promise is certain, He cannot lie, because He is holy and righteous. We can walk in this assurance daily. There are many who attempt in vain to achieve these things through their own righteousness. Be thankful! But don’t forget those for whom you prayed this month who still don’t know these things.

Pray that the nations will crave fellowship with the only One who can pay for their sins.

Xiqi People of China

A woman in a dark blue business suit hurries through the Chinese airport wearing an intricately embroidered, brightly colored hat and matching handbag. Her luggage is full of more colorful fabric items she purchased from the Huaning Trading Corporation on her visit to China. Who made these items? Xiqi (pronounced Shee-chee) women in the villages of China’s Yunnan Province. These women are well-known for their exceptional art of embroidery. In fact, young men looking for a suitable bride often take into consideration the quality of a young woman’s needlework. Most Xiqi families eke out a living on small subsistence-level farms. If the wife’s needlework is good enough to sell, it can provide a source of much-needed additional income.

Most of the Xiqi people are polytheists, meaning that they worship many gods and spirits. They believe that protective spirits live inside certain sacred trees, which cannot be cut or modified in any way. To ensure peace and prosperity, Xiqi people bring sacrifices and offerings to the feet of these sacred trees. They also worship their ancestors, hoping to earn a better existence for a recently deceased person’s soul.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

About 16,000 Xiqi people live in villages in Yunnan Province. No evangelistic materials have been produced in their language. Pray for the handful of Xiqi people believed to be Christians. Pray for the one known Xiqi church to grow strong and to draw in Xiqi people from the area to respond to the good news of Christ.-JWS

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