Daily Topic for June 27, 2009
This is one of the main reasons why the gospel is offensive. It means confronting people with their sins against a holy God. No one wants to be told that they are a sinner in need of forgiveness. But without repentance there can be no forgiveness, and without forgiveness, there can be no salvation.
Pray that God will give cross cultural workers to right words to convict Southeast Asian Buddhists like the Dong peoples so that they can repent, be saved, and become part of His Kingdom.
A river running through a region typically unites peoples living alongside it with jobs and plenty of fresh water. An exception is the great Mekong River, the 12th largest river in the world, spanning over 2700 miles. The difficulty in navigating this river has actually divided peoples living geographically close to each other. While some people groups in China’s Guizhou Province are seeing and hearing the gospel via house churches, the two Dong peoples are being left out.
What makes this even more tragic is the lack of receptivity of the Dong peoples to the gospel. Prior to Communism taking hold in 1949, there was missionary activity from both Catholic and Protestants. The church, though, has yet to take root, and ancestor worship and animism still prevail, although a growing number of Dong youth are likely to be non-religious due to the influence of Marxist education. Both Dong peoples of China have an unwritten language and rely on Chinese to read and write. This is a people in need of initial evangelization, and should have the Word of God translated into their heart language. In Isaiah 6:8, God asks “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Will it be you?Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Holy Spirit-filled believers to go to the Dong people.-MB