Daily Topic for June 11, 2009

I Cor. 9:19
"Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible."

This is one of the most compelling things about a Christian worker who is sold out to Christ. They may not be able to out argue those who oppose their message. They may not have the power to solve everyone’s problems. But if they have the love to do whatever it takes to “win as many as possible,” the unreached peoples will take notice.

Pray for this to happen this very month as we pray for the unreached peoples and the missionaries working among them.

Red Tai (Tai Daeg) People

Making their way into northern Vietnam, the Red Tai people escaped China’s incessant pressure by following the Red River to what they believed was freedom. However, by 1884 the French had colonized Vietnam. Communist rebels emerged throughout Vietnam, and they eventually took control of the entire country.

Like the White Tai people we prayed for yesterday, men and women share the work equally. Both men and women plow, fish, cook, clean the house, tend the children, and wash clothes. They teach their children to be respectful to their elders, yet they also teach them to be independent and self-reliant. Red Tai culture is organized on the basis of age, occupation and wealth. Their religion is animistic. It includes the belief in multiple, personal souls.

Ninety-five percent profess animism. They believe that the spirits must be appeased. The Red Tai people pray to deceased ancestors for help and for protection from curses. There are very few Christian resources available in their language. A most pressing need is for the Bible to be translated into their dialect.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will raise up qualified linguists to make quick progress on a Red Tai Bible. Pray for medical missionaries to open the way to a Red Tai people movement to Christ by meeting physical needs. Pray for more believers from neighboring people groups will take the life-changing gospel to the Red Tai people.-MH

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