Daily Topic for June 29, 2009

II Cor. 8:14
"At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality..."

It’s ironic that we are praying for nations that have either been Communist or are currently pretending to still be Communist. This archaic economic system was a twisted attempt to do what Paul was exhorting the Corinthian church to do: give and take as they have need. In the Church it meant sharing out of a heart of generosity, whereas in a Communist government it meant taking from those with resources out of a heart of covetousness.

Pray that those who live in Communist countries in Asia will see the stark difference between Christian sharing and Communist taking.

Chong People of Cambodia and Thailand

The Chong couple had frozen smiles as they and their guests ate the wedding dinner. From time to time, people peered over at the cock and hen that sat facing each other on a separate table. The meal was uneventful until one of the guests knocked his plate to the floor causing a loud crash. There was a collective gasp, and the guests glanced at the two chickens. Both birds squawked and ran for the door. The bride maintained her frozen smile as tears welled up in her eyes.

A cock and a hen are always guests at Chong wedding feasts. This people group sets the two birds facing one another with the belief that if they stop looking at each other, it is a bad omen for the married couple. It’s no wonder that many Chong couples now use stuffed chickens!

The Chong people are dedicated Buddhists who gladly give of their resources to support the local monasteries, both in money and by sending their sons. Their homes include Buddhist altars, and many also keep a shrine in their gardens.

About 10 years ago a small number of these Buddhists put their faith in Christ. Today, a ministry called Church Planting Movement (CPM) is preparing to take the gospel to them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will make a straight path for CPM to take Christ to these Buddhists. Pray that the Chong people will tire of dealing with superstitions and put their trust in the God who determines their eternity.-KC

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