Daily Topic for June 04, 2009
Yesterday, we finished our biography of James O. Fraser. Though he suffered through his first years of ministry, he had the privilege of seeing a harvest that continues to this day among the Lisu people. Next month, you will see the fruit of ministry to people in the Mongol world. Even great missionaries like Fraser can plant and water, but they must depend on God to make things grow. Others can only wait for the harvest. There are people working in some of the hardest mission fields today that may never see the harvest.
Pray for God’s perfect timing for the harvest among the Mien, the Hmong and the Cham peoples this month.
The Iu Mien people almost get lost among 19 so called “Yao” minority groups, and they are only 0.7 percent evangelized, according to Mekong Ministries. This is a difficult people group to reach for a number of reasons. Approximately 11 million Mien people are scattered over a large area that includes southern China and the northern parts of Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. When the Communists took over Laos, some 25,000 Mien fled to the west coast of the United States. Linguists don’t know how many Mien dialects there are.
The news is not altogether bad. The Miens are closely identified with Chinese culture. Thus they stand a good chance of being reached by fervent Chinese believers, radio broadcasts, the JESUS Film and Christian literature. The Bible in a known Mien dialect is nearly completed. Those who are under 35 and have gone to school can read and are willing to read Christian literature. However, the Mien cling firmly to Daoism, animism and ancestral veneration.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would call people with linguistic gifts to analyze and learn the various Mien dialects, so that the Scriptures, broadcasts, teaching tapes, and other materials can be made for Mien subgroups. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of their hearts to the ways of Jesus Christ.-CH