Daily Topic for August 29, 2008
Let us imagine a large evangelical church closing its annual missionary conference with a celebration of worship around the Lord’s table. After distributing the elements to the assembled congregation, the pastor asks, “Have all been served?” “No,” says one member, “Over two thousand tribal groups have not even been invited yet.” “There are three thousand Muslim groups who are not included,” another says. From the balcony a member calls out, “One thousand Hindu groups are not yet represented!” Yet another responds, “Three hundred Chinese nations and eight hundred Buddhist groups have not had their chance either.”
Dear Lord, use us as faithful witnesses to the ends of the earth so that no people will be excluded from the breaking of the bread.
Partha excitedly pointed to the departing bus. “Mother, we missed the bus to the movies!” Mother sadly replied, “No Partha, the bus to town no longer takes rural people like us to the movies in the cities. The ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) has blown up many theaters. It is no longer safe to go.” Partha and her mother were some of the multitudes of rural Assamese disappointed when they were deprived of their special treat of going to the movies because of the violence.
Now there is a new and budding industry of traveling filmmakers taking movies to the tiny villages that dot the land among the huge tea-growing estates. The Assamese people of Assam, India enjoy the diversion of these mostly homemade video movies. How much more might they enjoy a well-made film coming directly to their small communities?
In Assam, Hinduism and Islam are the predominant beliefs. Christians represent only about 1,000 people. Perhaps films could be the basket in which the gospel might be carried to the Assamese.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for believers to work with Christ’s remnant within Assam to boldly and joyfully proclaim the Word in a context, which is appealing and meaningful to the Assamese. Pray that the JESUS Film will be viewed far and wide throughout Assam. Pray for God’s Holy Spirit to bring peace and prosperity to the Assamese people.-PE