Daily Topic for June 09, 2009
In some parts of the Mekong River regions, prostitution and human trafficking are out of control. Though Buddhism teaches their followers to refrain from sexual immorality, there is no internal change. Without the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the people are at the mercy of spirits that want to kill and destroy.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to do a new work in the Mekong River regions that will lead to respect for women and self control that will lead to spiritual healing and greater glory for the Creator.
They were known for centuries as “the invisible people” who roamed China’s forests along the Mekong River. Once nearly extinct, the 40,000 Kucong Lahus moved silently through the forest, hunting game with bows and arrows and gathering edible plants and fruit.
They made shelters by sticking three branches into the ground and weaving a layer of banana leaves for a “roof.” Some say they were once so poor, they fashioned clothing out of cobwebs! (See http://www.maironawest.com/thoughts/3-bizarre-clothings-in-the-20th-century).
When they wanted to obtain items they couldn’t make, they left their offering (such as berries or animal pelts) on a path that traders used. A trader would take it and leave a knife or other tool, or some salt, as the Kucong watched from behind a thick stand of forest growth.
They lived like this until just after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The Chinese government sent search parties into the forests to find the Kucongs so they could be re-located and assimilated into “civilized society.” Because of their extreme poverty, the government established welfare programs for them, housing and schools for their children. They are now highly influenced by the Han Chinese, though they have their own tongue.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Chinese and Lahu believers to reach out to the Kucong people. Pray for the Kucongs to hear the gospel and respond with joy.-JWS