Daily Topic for October 20, 2008
When we commit our lives to the Lord and to His cause, making ourselves available to Him for the sake of the unreached peoples, we immediately become involved in spiritual warfare. Satan does not easily release those whom he has held in spiritual bondage. But Jesus said, “The gates of hell cannot hold against God’s onslaught.” Yet it takes courage, faith, and patient endurance to fight this kind of battle. The evil one launches numerous, desperate counterattacks. Lest we become a hindrance rather than a help to our Leader, we must abandon timidity and lay hold of a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.
Pray for strong hearts, patience, and faith to engage in spiritual warfare on behalf of the unreached peoples.
Rajesh, a visitor in Rajasthan, had stopped to rest in a desert village when a boy shyly approached him. Rajesh asked, “What’s your name? Don’t you have to be in school today?” The boy responded, “My name is Kaalu. I don’t go to school because my family is Bagri. We always move from village to village.” Kaalu took two small pieces of thick glass from his pocket. He started clicking them together creating a musical beat while he sang a short song. When finished, he put out his hand and asked, “You like it?” Rajesh gave him two rupees.
In India, about one million Bagri people migrate through the regions of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Another estimated 100,000 roam the Sind Province of Pakistan. Owning no land, their major source of income is to raise goats and cattle to sell their milk. Many work as day laborers.
India’s efforts to settle these people have met with little success. The Bagri people remain in need of help in the areas of health, education, clean water, and job training. They are more animistic than Hindu and they eat meat. A few Baptist Christians worked among them for a short time in Pakistan. There are no Scriptures in the Bagri language.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Bible audio tapes will reach the Bagris in a language that they can understand. Pray that Bagris will learn that God welcomes nomads into His family and accepts them as they are.-PD