Daily Topic for September 25, 2008

Gen. 20:11
"Abraham replied, 'I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'"

Three times in Genesis (twice with Abraham and once with Isaac) we have the same situation occurring where Sarah or Rebekah are taken into the household of a local ruler. The cause of this, as reflected in Abraham’s statement above, was always a sense that the nations were more depraved than they actually were, combined with a lack of faith in God’s ability to protect. Lest we be too critical of this mistake, we should remember that these are common temptations for any missionary! The cure for this is to recognize that God’s grace is incredibly great and that even before we arrive on the scene He is already at work. In fact, no ethnic group has ever been found that doesn’t understand something of God’s moral standards.

Pray that missionaries might overcome every barrier of fear inhibiting the proclamation of the gospel.

Dom People

Day laborers, street musicians and beggars; this doesn’t sound like a very meaningful choice of vocations! But these are the choices for the 1.3 million Hindu and Animist Dom people across India. Dom tradition says they were cursed by their gods to a life of poverty for killing a cow.

Dom women are definitely subordinate to the men in society, most often working in the home or supplementing the husband’s income by begging. Women do, however, have a role in the ritual and religious spheres. These roles are reinforced by the manner in which Dom children are raised. Education is encouraged for boys, but not for girls.

Most Doms are committed Hindus, with particular devotion to the gods Baba Ramdeo and Bhainro. The Baba Ramdeo temple in Rajasthan is a major tourist attraction. Along with this devotion, each family worships a deity of its own choice. There are also a significant number of Dom Animists who constantly make small animal sacrifices to deter ill luck. There are no more than 300 known Christian believers among the Dom population.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Dom people. Pray that God would break down centuries-old bondages that keep the Dom people entrapped. Pray that God would use the Dom people to bring other Dalit communities to faith in Christ.-JR

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