Daily Topic for August 11, 2008

1 Pet. 1:11
"The Spirit of Christ in them...predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow"

An important principle often observed in God’s Word is the relationship between suffering and glory; the two appear to be inseparable. Peter’s first epistle highlights this theme, and Paul elsewhere speaks of our “light, momentary affliction producing an eternal weight of glory.” We want to help disciple all the nations. But we must understand that this will come only as many are willing to sacrifice and suffer. Frontier missionaries must go to new fields, and zealous laymen must send, pray and give of their funds. Oh the glory, when we see new believers joining the company of the redeemed!

Father, lead us through suffering into wonderful glory.

Bhat People of India

These people live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world with high mountains and clear blue skies, but their lives are in turmoil. They are the Bhats of Kashmir. The turmoil involves the tug-of-war between Muslim Pakistanis and Hindu Indians. Torn by decades of war, the people of Kashmir know little peace.

Historically the Bhats were artists and historians. In days when writing was little known, they traveled throughout India collecting information and genealogies, and then they wrote and performed ballads used to preserve this information. They were the bards of India.

Originally they were Hindu, but with the conversion to Islam in the Kashmir region, many became Muslim. Today, of the over 1,200,000 Bhat people, about 90 percent are Hindu and 10 percent are Muslim. The Bhats are also called Pandits, one caste below Brahmin. They are held in high esteem and are involved in trading, government and other professional occupations.

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Pray that Christians will use culturally sensitive ways to befriend and witness to the Bhats. Pray that musicologists can appeal to the Bhat’s historic role as storytellers and ballad singers to share the good news of Jesus in musical forms that they can appreciate.-JS

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