Daily Topic for June 15, 2009

I Cor. 16:13
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love."

Most all cultures can appreciate the first part of this verse. Men should be strong and courageous, shouldn’t they? But then the verse goes on to add love to the equation. Isn’t love and tenderness the role of women? Now that is a counter-cultural idea! But after all, we preach a counter-cultural gospel.

Pray that missionaries will not hold back in demonstrating and preaching the counter-cultural gospel of love.

Wa People

The name “Wa” means “mountaineer,” but these independent people can just as easily be called the bamboo people. The Wa use bamboo for nearly everything they live in, eat out of, sleep on, and hunt with. About 700,000 Wa live in their own autonomous region of northeastern Myanmar known as the Wa State. Outside this area, there are 420,000 Wa people living near the Myanmar-Thailand border, in China and Thailand.

Today, the Wa make their living through agriculture, many practicing slash and burn methods. This means they burn a section of land in the forest to plant rice, corn, sweet potatoes, and opium. When the soil is depleted of nutrients, the Wa people move on. Like many of the people of Jesus’ day, the Wa people live in two story homes with the family living on the upper level and chickens and pigs living on the lower level. Each home also has two hearths; one for cooking and the other for sacrifices for the spirits.

This spirit appeasement is the center of their animistic worldview. They will often hold religious ceremonies to obtain protection from ghosts and spirits. They spend an inordinate amount of time and money on superstitious observances, keeping them economically poor. There is a sizable number of Wa Buddhists, but very few strong followers of Christ.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that more of God’s people will be burdened to go to the Wa. Pray for spiritual breakthroughs that will free them from the powers of darkness.-JR

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