Daily Topic for June 22, 2009

II Cor. 4:4
"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

This is the reverse side of the verse we read yesterday. Yes, God takes away the veil that blinds people to the truth, but there is an evil god of this world who will do all he can to prevent this from happening. People in Southeast Asia have been worshipping these gods for millennium, and they aren’t going to give up easily. We don’t know when God will take away the veil, but we know that our job is to pray.

Pray that the god of this age will be bound so that they Lord can remove the veil from the eyes of the lost.

Lao Phuan People in Laos and Thailand

The Lao Phuan people once had their own small kingdom where they lived for centuries. During the early 19th century the Phuan kingdom was decimated and depopulated by order of the Siamese (Thai) court in Bangkok where they were taken as slaves. Later that century Haw bandits on horseback arrived from China’s Yunnan Province, and plundered them. At this point most Phuans packed their goods and abandoned their traditional homeland on the plains and moved to the lowlands near the banks of the Mekong River. With their close proximity, the Siamese officials once again took them as slaves. The Lao Phuan people managed to re-group in the 20th Century, but one of their towns was destroyed in the 1960s by American bombing during the Vietnam War.

Today about 115,000 Phuan people live in Laos and about 200,000 live in Thailand. These hardy people have managed to survive, and they, like most other people groups along the Mekong River, are rice cultivators and are fairly self-sufficient. The Phuans have also developed a strong silk industry and raise silk worms. They sell fine silk products to other groups.

Although Buddhists, their animistic view of the world includes many spirits, both good and bad, that must be placated in order to receive blessings and avoid curses.

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Pray that God will send evangelistic teams that will be a good fit for the Phuan villages. Pray that these team members will be culturally sensitive to the Phuans as they share the One who wants to bless them for eternity.-JS

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