Daily Topic for June 12, 2009

I Cor. 10:20
"No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons."

What a difficult choice believers who live near the Mekong River must make! In their cultures, one must conform, and to conform means to make sacrifices to idols, which Paul points out are actually demons. How does one go about telling their animistic and Buddhist neighbors that they are worshiping demons?

Pray for tact and discernment for believers in Southeast Asia who must live in a land where idols are worshipped.

Tai Lue People

Splash! Another bucket of water splashed over the man passing by the Tai Lue people celebrating the Po Shui Jie Festival. These people are so noted for their love of water that some call them the “water people.” Though they are predominantly animistic, they celebrate this Buddhist festival with more vigor than most.

Tai Lue people believe that splashing water on one another during their new year’s celebration will wash away the sins from the previous year and prepare them for the new one. They once worshipped only one god, and they have a traditional story about a coming redeemer. They also believe that all people are part of one family that came from one set of parents.

Could it be that this unreached people group is ready to hear of the sin-cleansing power of the blood of the True Redeemer? Are they ready to hear of Adam and Eve, who brought us original sin that can only be paid by the redeemer?

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for an abundance of evangelists to tell the Tai Lue people about their redeemer, Jesus Christ. Pray that thousands will soon line up along the Mekong River having their sins washed away, taking baptism, and to drink from the water of life. Pray that the Scripture portions that are in their dialect will be spread far and wide in Tai Lue communities. Pray for increased openness to the ways of Christ.-KC

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