Daily Topic for October 19, 2008

Jud. 6:15
"But Lord, Gideon asked, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."

Today we might say that Gideon had a problem with his self-image. His argument sounds familiar: “I can’t serve the Lord because I’m a nobody!” The Bible and 2000 years of church history remind us that God is in the business of taking nobodies and getting His work done through them. He often chooses the unlikely person because God’s power is made perfect in weakness. Do you feel that the task of evangelizing across cultural barriers is too hard? Are you convinced that God could never use you to penetrate a frontier? He can-and He will if you are simply available. The greatest ability is availability.

Pray that we can see ourselves and the world through His eyes. Pray that you will clearly understand what God wants to do through you.

Maldhari People

“Lakhibai, how can you live in the Gir Forest of Gujarat with lions roaming all over?” The Maldhari girl held back a laugh as she responded to the tourist. “We live in huts protected by thorn fences and almost never see lions. If anyone tries to hurt the lions we tell the forest officials. Our people would never hurt the lions any more than we would hurt our own livestock. My mother makes good cheese from our goats’ milk, and when we sell it, we sometimes buy jewelry and batteries for our radio so we can hear good music. Many Hindu pilgrims come to worship at the shrines just outside the forest. Some of us were pushed out of the forest. The officials make it hard to come back. When my friend’s mother died, he had to pay money to forest officials so his relatives could be with him for a few days.”

The 8,400 Hindu Maldharis have long lived with eviction threats and harassment by some officials who say they are guilty of environmental destruction and endangering wildlife in the Gir sanctuary. Recently a law was passed giving the Maldharis the right to live without fear of eviction. These people live simple lives with almost no educational or health benefits.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that audio tapes of the gospel will be available in their Maldhari tongue, and that they will be widely distributed, understood and accepted. Pray for Christian radio broadcasts to pierce their hearts.-PD

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