Daily Topic for June 07, 2009

I Cor. 4:12b
"When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly."

One of the most difficult thing about being a follower of Christ in East Asia is the shame of persecution. Though the cultures in this vast region have their differences, almost all of them share this: to lose face is worse than death. When someone decides to follow Christ, they are considered by many to be traitors, fools or evildoers.

Pray that the believers who fellowship along the Mekong River will find joy and refreshment in Christ as they endure shame and persecution for His Name.

Sheh Leh Lahu of Thailand

Into the dense jungle the aging missionary follows her friend, a young tribal man. They have been invited to pay an overnight social call to a shaman from the Sheh Leh Lahu tribe in Thailand. Several times the missionary stops to pray and ask God to calm her fears about the shaman’s plans for their visit. After walking almost all day, the two approach the neighboring village and they see the shaman’s hut.

A long white cloth streamer mounted on the roof distinguished this hut. Her guide explains that the streamer works like an antenna to draw the spirits to his house! As the missionary silently prays, the two visitors enter the shaman’s chilly cave-like hut where a fire pit glows in the center. The guests are welcomed and seated by the fire. The men engage in Lahu conversation. After a while, the shaman serves a special tea to his guests. As darkness falls, the three prepare to bed down by the small fire pit. The shaman removes his heavy cloak and gently covers the missionary. He is wiling to sleep cold so she can sleep warm. “So this is Sheh Leh Lahu hospitality,” she thought. “My fears were groundless.”

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Pray for the work of OMF missionaries who are reaching out to the Sheh Leh Lahu people with the gospel of Christ. Pray that the hearts of their shamans will be open to the righteousness of the Lord.-JWS

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