Daily Topic for September 08, 2008

Gen. 3:1
"Now the serpent. . . . said to the woman, 'Did God really say . . .'"

The story of the fall is more about deception than it is stolen goods. The first recorded words out of Satan’s mouth were distortions of God’s Word. This indicates a serious breach of trust between these two characters. When we believed the lie, we entered into that relationship problem. Something sacred and precious had been broken, then lost. The rest of the Bible documents God’s unwavering desire and tireless effort to rebuild that sacred trust among every people. But defeating a lie can be costly. For it is one thing to forcefully rescue someone, and entirely another if the hostage has been lied to about the rescuers! Breaking that kind of deception may require your life.

Pray that God will give His ambassadors a tireless determination to see the unreached peoples rescued from the lies of Satan.

Dalit Work in India

The headline reads, “Dalit Women Become Barefoot Solar Engineers.” Everything about that statement is remarkable. The Dalit are among India’s poorest communities, largely uneducated, doing menial labor just to survive. And, yet, their women are becoming solar engineers, able to bring electricity to their villages. Operation Mercy Charitable Company (OMCC), in collaboration with India’s National Institute for Rural Development, and the Dalit Freedom Network, is training illiterate Dalit women to become solar engineers in their local communities.

Few of India’s rural areas have dependable electricity, and those that do often depend on scarce fossil fuels. Four Dalit women from a local community were chosen to be the first to be trained in how to assemble, install, operate, and maintain a solar energy system. The four had never been away from home or families before, but they went to the state of Rajasthan for six months of training. The course at Barefoot College taught them to fabricate charge controllers, inverters, solar lanterns and lights, install fixed solar units in individual houses, and establish a rural electronic workshop. The program has been so successful that OMCC has continued it by training many more Dalit women.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for OMCC and other Indian mission organizations as they find ways to give hope and dignity to India’s poorest in the name of Christ. Pray that these efforts will results in unreached Dalits becoming part of Christ’s kingdom.-JS

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