Daily Topic for April 04, 2009

Psalms 144:3
"Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow."

Man is nothing! Nothing but a breath that lasts for a moment or a passing shadow. Furthermore, other parts of Scripture, especially the first chapter of Romans, tell of man’s evil desires and sinful nature. Doesn’t it cause God pain to constantly woo the unreached peoples, who are in rebellion against Him? Yes, indeed! But because of His love, His righteousness, and His holy character, God pursues unbelievers so that they may have abundant life just as we, His children do. In order to be righteous ambassadors of Christ, shouldn’t we be doing all we can to draw the unreached to Christ?

Ask the Lord how He wants you to pray for the unreached peoples.

Muslim Bangladeshis in Sweden

Saheed had never felt more alone. Back home in Bangladesh, he was not only very popular, but thought of as a very intelligent young man. He had learned English in Bangladesh while growing up, but was struggling with those who spoke it fluently at his new school in Sweden. They used English words and phrases that he had never learned in grammar school. He always gave a nervous chuckle when people told jokes in English, though he rarely understood the punch line. He frequently felt lost in a sea of white faces, a different language, and a culture so vastly different from his homeland.

Saheed’s story is not uncommon among international students studying in Europe. Even in “friendly” countries, it is difficult for international students to integrate into their host culture. You can help make a difference by praying for the pocket of Bangladeshis living and studying in Sweden.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the culture shock as Bangladeshi students from one of the world’s poorest nations come to live and study in a highly developed, technology savvy nation. In addition to the culture shock, some Bangladeshis experience discrimination and struggle with feeling inferior because of a lack of English skills. Pray for Swedish believers to see the missionary opportunity that exists in their own backyard and for Bangladeshi students to take the knowledge of Christ back home with them.-MB

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