Daily Topic for October 16, 2008
God did not abandon Israel in spite of their sin and disobedience. He sent judges to lead the people in victory over their enemies. Today we praise God for those whom He raises up to remind us of Christ’s command to disciple all nations and to equip us to obey that command. Student mission leaders are banding together, encouraging other students to pray and plan to go with the gospel to the nations. Pastors and denominational leaders are encouraging their congregations to send young people and to faithfully support them with their prayers and their money. Mission executives are developing new plans to penetrate the world’s remaining people groups with the gospel.
Pray that the Church of Jesus Christ will respond to the leadership of today’s “judges,” humbly taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Imagine yourself disposing of the carcasses of dead animals day in, day out, every day for your entire working life. This is the life experience of the average nomadic Meghwals in India. Along with the disposal, they also tan the hides and make articles of clothing from the leather. This lifestyle has been shared by thousands of Meghwals for centuries. The Meghwals originated in the Indian state of Gujarat, where about 178,000 currently live. They also roam throughout Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. They are among India’s poorest people. Illiteracy is also a crippling reality among them, with only about 20 percent of their population able to read.
The Meghwals are very proud of their embroidery. An ongoing display of embroidery works including those done by Meghwals between the 18th and 20th centuries is on display at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. The Meghwals are known as the carpet weaver’s caste, producing goat, camel, and sheep wool that is spun on a wheel.
The JESUS Film is available in their language, Gujarati. There are about 9,000 known Meghwal believers. Most Meghwals, however are Hindus, professing primary devotion to the gods Ramapeer and Marangdev.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Meghwals will taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray for signs and wonders to occur among them that will lead them to the cross.-JR