Daily Topic for August 19, 2008

3 Jn. 5
"Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you"

What a joy to help our friends as they go as missionaries to unreached people groups! Today a wonderful new opportunity has come to help some of the Third World missionaries reach out from their peoples and tribes to penetrate other groups. Will we be as generous with our encouragement and our prayers for these brothers and sisters who are strangers to us as we are to those of our own people group who are bearing the gospel? John commended Gaius for his unselfish ministry. Would he be able to commend us for the same thing?

Father, open our eyes to opportunities for us to minister to missionaries who are strangers to us as well as to those we know well.

Bengali Muslims of Bangladesh

The outlook for the Bengali Muslims of Bangladesh is bleak. Their homeland is not only beset by poverty, but continues to slide rapidly into an abyss of national debt. This distressing crisis is largely the result of a decades-long exodus of Hindus. Though Bangladesh is a Muslim nation, the Hindus represent the “advanced” class, and they have been leaving at an alarming rate. Their migration to India in search of better jobs has created a gaping hole in the already ailing financial situation. Bengali Muslims now face the urgent challenge of performing some sort of economic damage control. However, instead of working together to rebuild Bangladesh, many are choosing to follow the Hindus to India in hopes of finding better opportunities.

Thankfully, there is light in this dark scenario. God has a plan and a purpose for the Bengali Muslims. While the turbulent changes occurring in Bangladesh might seem like cause for despair, God is using these events to achieve His purpose: to draw the Bengali Muslims to His worldwide family, and to thus extend His kingdom.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for more mission agencies to use the open door to help Bangladesh develop their economy. Ask God to move powerfully, pouring His Spirit out upon the physically impoverished, spiritually thirsty Bengali Muslims.-CL

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