Daily Topic for September 02, 2008

Gen 1:2-3
"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the water. And God said, 'Let there be light.'"

When compared with the vastness of the universe in which we live, our planet is but a tiny speck of dust. But it is God who takes something that is formless, empty and insignificant and brings order and purpose. The first thing he does in this process is speak words that bring light. Here in this light we come to see that it is God, our Creator, that gives everything its significance. That is why the message we bring is so powerful: we have the ability to connect every nation’s story, and indeed every person’s story back to God’s story, with its light-giving introduction and eternal conclusion.

Pray that all unreached peoples might find their purpose and identity in their creator.

Khatik People

It took months of Bible study with Arup, before Sukhwant decided to follow Christ. At age 19, he began to tell classmates that he had been wrong to have been an atheist the previous term.

After cutting his hair and removing his turban, (signs that he was rejecting Sikhism), Sukhwant was counted as dead by his family. He hastily went to the bus stop to flee to New Delhi. After Sukhwant did not see his bus arrive, a beggar pointed him to a second bus going to New Delhi. In New Delhi he could not land a job. Again, a beggar came to his rescue. He invited Sukhwant to sleep in his little hut. The next morning Sukhwant awoke, and the beggar had washed his shirt and socks. No one else had even seen these beggars. Were these really angels?

The Lord first provided Sukhwant with work at an advertising agency. Then from 1984 to 1986 he worked for Dr. Ramesh Richard, later a Dallas Theological Seminary professor, who was pastoring the church that Sukhwant attended in Delhi. He arranged for Sukhwant to come to Dallas Theological Seminary to study. In 1991 he graduated with a Master of Theology degree. Soon after his graduation from seminary Sukhwant, along with his wife, Vinita, returned to India, where they planted churches and where he pastored for seven years. In 1998 the two left for the U.S. again and in 2001 he earned his Ph. D. in higher education from the University of North Texas.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to grant His wisdom and discernment to new believers from Sikh and Hindu backgrounds.

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