Daily Topic for June 17, 2009

II Cor. 1:10b
"On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers."

All of you are intercessors, or you wouldn’t be using this GPD. Have you ever made the mistake of thinking that it’s your prayers rather than God’s work that delivers those we pray for? He is our hope, our only hope. We pray to Him for the nations and for those reaching out to them, simply because there is no other to go to. And who better to turn than the all-powerful, all loving One?

Pray that we will delight in praying for God’s deliverance so much that we will pray more and more.

Tai Long Shan People in Thailand

Nang Kham, a Tai Long teacher expressed her painful situation to an international refugee director in Thailand. “I cannot go back to my village because landmines have been laid all around it by Myanmar’s army, but the situation for Shan people here in Thailand is also very difficult.”

Most Tai Long Shan people in Thailand live in the northern districts. Persecution and civil war in Myanmar have caused thousands of them to seek asylum in Thailand. However there is little help available there for refugees. They become illegal migrants and will do any kind of work to survive. The majority are agricultural workers, living in open or temporary shelters. They often suffer ill health because of exposure to pesticides, contaminated water and lack of essentials. Health care and schooling are usually not available. Many are exploited by human traffickers and drug dealers.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of Shan organizations in areas where local officials are sympathetic to them. In such areas they are able to access humanitarian assistance, education and find better jobs.

The Tai Long practice Theravada Buddhism mixed with animism. There is a well established church in one location, and other Shan churches are emerging as well.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that there will soon be a people movement to Christ among them. Pray that God will make Himself known to the Tai Long people in Thailand through Christian aid workers, Shan believers and radio Bible programs. Pray that these people will know the comfort of our Lord.-PD

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