Daily Topic for July 04, 2009

Eph. 5:11
"Have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."

The deeds of darkness are many, and those who don’t follow Christ regularly practice them. In some cases, deeds of darkness are mistakenly viewed as virtues. Such is the case for the Mongolian peoples who have always taken pride in their rapacious 13th Century empire. Many view the work of their shamans as virtuous.

Pray that this pride in sin will end this century. Pray that many from the Bayad Oirat people will see their own deeds of darkness, repent and turn to the only One who can forgive.

Bayad People

In order to send a powerful storm to attack Genghis Kahn’s army, the famous chief of the Oirat people, Quduqa Bäki, used a yada or “thunder stone.” Unfortunately, the magic backfired when an unexpected wind blew the storm back at Quduqa. So goes the 13th century historical document retelling the Kahn’s rise to power. The four major Mongol tribes (and numerous smaller tribes like the Bayads) would eventually designate themselves as Dörben Oirat, or “the Alliance of Four.” This alliance was formed of nomadic pastoral Mongol tribes, who would pitch their tents, called yurts or gers, wherever adequate land and food happened to be available for their substantial livestock.

Currently, there is no viable faith movement among these Mongol nomads. This is cause for concern, as groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and the Baha’i are very active in forming groups.

Physical distance from the capital limits their access to training and resources found there. Like other nomadic groups, “church” will look very different and will require a culturally sensitive missionary to seek to enter into the nature of the their life, in order to introduce them to the Son of Man, who also had no place to lay His head (Matt. 8:20).

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Pray that followers of Jesus find ways to enter beyond the city into smaller pockets of remote nomadic tribes, such as the Bayads.-MB

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