Daily Topic for June 10, 2009

I Cor. 8:4b
"We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one."

This may be one of the hardest verses in I Cor. for Buddhists to accept, yet it is also the most liberating. Can they really be freed from the many idols they worship without being punished by the spirits? Can there really be only one God who is all loving and all powerful?

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give faith to the Tai Don people today to believe that they can put away their idols and worship the One True God.

White Tai (Tai Don) People

What people group in the world is named for the color of their women’s clothing? It is the Tai: the White, Red, and Black Tai. They are members of a larger cultural linguistic group of Tai peoples, which includes the Shan, the Laotians and others. Although the White Tais are part of the Tai official nationality in Vietnam, they are not native to the land.

Originally from China, the White Tais emigrated south to Vietnam because of unceasing pressure by the Chinese. But even this did not bring them peace. Nevertheless, the White Tais are extremely polite, respectful and hospitable. Their children are taught to respect those of higher status. Rural farmers rank below craftsmen, merchants and city government officials.

Families are the core of White Tai society. It is common in rural villages for entire immediate families to live together. The father is head of the family, but there is almost equal division of work and family responsibility. Tai culture has changed dramatically in the last 30 years as a result of the transition from a feudal to a socialist society. Communist rebels and military regimes caused severe bloodshed for the White Tais, and they are still recovering today. They desperately need healing and new spiritual hope.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Lord will send culturally sensitive laborers to the White Tai people of Vietnam. Pray that the White Tai people will listen to and heed the messages of Christian radio programs.-MH

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