Daily Topic for June 28, 2009

II Cor. 8:12
"For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have."

We know from other parts of Scripture that God loves a joyful giver. Giving to His work should be a joy, be it for the local church or for the peoples beyond the reach of current church activity. And we are to give from what He has given us, not from what He has not given. We are to give freely, joyfully and generously to extend the Kingdom of the One who gave His life to us freely.

Pray that He will motivate you to give generously to the work of His Kingdom.

Bouyei People of China

Despite the natural beauty surrounding them, the Bouyei people are no strangers to the ugliness of human cruelty. The blood of thousands of Bouyeis was shed during the Nanlang Rebellion, and many more fled to neighboring Vietnam. Scripture declares that the power and nature of God are clearly seen in the things that God has created (Rom.1:20). One such monument to the majesty and greatness of God is the famous Huangguoshu Falls that fall in China’s Guizhou Province. There is such a tremendous amount of water that the roar of it can be heard from far away.

The blood of martyred missionaries among the Bouyei people has proven to be the seed of a very small church. The majority are still polytheistic animists, who practice ancestor worship. Yet these poor farmers have a rich history of song, drama and storytelling. Both men and women participate in these songs at their festivals. A Chinese website that highlights ethnic minorities states that they can sing day and night for up to a week without repeating the same words of their song. With such a rich history of drama and narrative, surely these are a people who would be appreciative of the greatest story ever told!

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that new missionaries move to Guizhou Province to continue what previous missionaries have sought to do: establish a community of God honoring, Christ following Bouyeis able to extend the gospel to their own people.-MB

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