Daily Topic for June 19, 2009
One of the many things that is endearing to unbelieving Buddhists is knowing that their believing friends will stand firm no matter what comes their way. One of the key elements of love that has been lost in our post-modern world is commitment. Love has been demoted to a gooey feeling that comes and goes rather than a commitment that stays no matter what the cost.
Pray that believers in the Mekong River regions will stand firm in Christ in such a way that unbelievers will seek the One who provides the strength to do so.
With bright, joyful eyes, the Asian missionary was sharing an update in his church. “Ten years ago the ‘Tai Nua Christian’ was thought to be non-existent. Today there are a small number of faithful Tai Nua people living in China and Laos. The believers have met persecution. The authorities have questioned those reaching out for Christ. The result has been the beginning of a small growing church with local lay leadership. The radio Bible broadcasts and some Scriptures translated for them have resulted in an encouraging direction for the Tai Nuas.”
Tai Nua means “northern Tai.” About 100,000 live along the river valleys in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan, and another 50,000 reside in Laos. In both regions the Tai Nuas work as farmers and raise domestic farm animals. They have limited resources for education, although some young people are seeking education and jobs in the cities. Animism is underneath the surface of their Buddhist religion. Their villages contain spirit houses where they make offerings and perform ceremonies to keep the evil spirits away. Every important event in the lives of the Tai Nuas from birth, marriage to death are connected to honoring or appeasing spirits.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that believers will bring support to the new Tai Nua followers of Christ. Pray that many Tai Nua people will no longer live in fear but will put their faith in the one and only Living God as a testimony to their non-believing neighbors. Pray that the radio ministries will bear lasting fruit.-PD