Daily Topic for April 15, 2009
In Acts 1:5, Jesus explained to His disciples that they would be “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Elsewhere, Jesus described the Holy Spirit as a “helper” for those who follow Him. Peter’s first sermon, after the empowering of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, was based on Joel 2:28-32. According to Peter, this outpouring of the Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy-that the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all people. He follows his reference to Joel’s passage with a provocative conclusion: “then everyone (whether Jew or Gentile) who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”
Give the Lord praise that His Spirit has continued to move throughout the earth since Pentecost.
Anna directs the children as they sing a song to open their Christian worship time. “Now what food are we thankful for?” she asks. Everyone remains quiet, even the mothers. Anna begins her prayer, “Thank you God for chapattis and rice. And we all say Amen!” In unison, everyone says, “A-a-a-a-a” as they slowly raise their hands above their heads, “-men!”
This is the “Small Ones” worship time. Each Tuesday Gujarati children gather for worship followed by playtime and refreshments. Before dismissing the worship period, Anna reminds the mothers about the nativity play scheduled for the next week.
Four-year-old Ganesh will play one of the wise men. Kamil, his 3-year-old brother, will be a shepherd. They stay at home while their father travels. These boys will present the Christmas story as part of a seasonal program presented at the “Small Ones” school.
“Small Ones” is an outreach effort sponsored by a local church. It began 25 years ago in one of England’s urban centers. Now the population is almost all South Asian with 80 percent Gujarati-speaking people. So the preschool has naturally evolved into a friendship evangelism effort to introduce living faith in Christ to Hindu Gujaratis.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Anna and her husband Tom as they introduce Christ to the Hindu Gujaratis. Pray for the tender hearts of pre-school aged children to respond to the love of Jesus. Pray that the parents who attend the school’s programs will understand the value of knowing the Lord.-EF