Daily Topic for October 08, 2008

Josh. 5:13-15
"Joshua went up to the man and asked, 'Are you for us or for our enemies?' 'Neither,' he replied, 'but as commander of the army of the Lord have I come.'"

This passage is very instructive. God is not “for” one people or “against” another. He is only “for” His purposes among all the peoples of the earth. The story is told of a lady who asked American President Lincoln during the Civil War, “Do you think God is on your side?” The president wisely answered, “The question is not if God is on my side, but if I am on God’s side.”

Pray that God will help us to see the peoples and nations of the earth from His perspective - as peoples who desperately need to hear and to receive the gospel.

Kewat People of India

A young Kewat man ended up in a hospital after fighting over a hand pump. The pump had already broken and was no longer an issue. However the injuries and hard feelings remained. This took place in India where 200 million people lack safe drinking water and 350 million live below the poverty line.

The Indian government is promoting the Narmada Valley Dam Projects, which include the construction of 30 large and 135 medium-sized dams. Proponents say these dams will provide water to about 30 million people, irrigate much land, and produce power. However, opponents say those numbers are exaggerated, and they are concerned about those who are displaced through these projects. Some dams are completed, but the Maheshwar Dam has been in the midst of controversy since 1978. If built, it will affect landowners and long-term encroachers. In addition, many communities depend on the Ganges River, and those people will lose their only source of livelihood with no compensation.

About a third of the people are Kewats and Kahars, ancient nomadic communities of fishermen, ferrymen, sand quarriers, and silt bank cultivators. Dam builders render them invisible and question their Indian citizenship. After all, nomadic peoples seldom participate in national matters.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Hindu Kewats who long for an answer to their physical thirst, but need an answer to their spiritual thirst even more. Pray that they will turn to Jesus, who can provide them with “living water” (John 4:10-13).-AK

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