Daily Topic for September 21, 2008
The Bible considers Abraham to be the “father of us all” (Rom. 4:16) because of what he did this night. He simply took God seriously and believed. It is our response to God that matters to Him. If when He calls, we say “Here am I, send me,” we are then speaking His language. He’ll take care of the rest. The same is true with the Great Commission. To the natural mind it seems impossible. But all we are called to do is believe that God can do it, and that His way of doing it is perfect. Our part is to trust and obey.
Pray for a powerful movement of faith among God’s people, responding to his call to reach all remaining unreached peoples.
Tanvir, a shrewd Hindu Bengali, was bargaining with a Bagdi fisherman. He offered the man, Amit, 50 rupees (US $1.50) for each of his hilsa fish, a great delicacy among Bengali people. Amit replied, “You have a deal. God Shiva gave me good luck with this catch.” Later Tanvir told a friend, “When you go to the port, buy your fish from a Bagdi fisherman. They have no idea that the government put a ban on chickens because of the bird flu. This has made the price of fish go way up. Would you believe I made a profit of 250 rupees for each fish I bought from one guy?”
The majority of Bagdi’s three million people live in West Bengal. There are 14 Bagdi sub-groups which are even further subdivided. Most of them live by fishing and making fish nets. Some work as agricultural and masonry laborers. Few of them get more than a couple of years of education. However, some are beginning to advance in areas of economics and politics. The practice of Hinduism is a central part of their lives, which involves all rituals associated with birth, marriage and death. There are almost no known believers among the Bagdi people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will cause whole villages of Bagdis to hear and understand that God is their creator. Pray that Bagdis will embrace salvation found in Jesus.- PD