Daily Topic for July 08, 2009

I Thes. 5:16-17
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Here is something else that is difficult for believers: to be thankful, no matter what happens. It is much harder still for the poor to give thanks when they barely have enough food for the day, as often happens in Mongolia. But thankfulness is God’s will. It gives unbelievers reason to wonder what is so special about the God whose followers joyfully thank Him so regularly.

Pray that the Church in Mongolia will be joyful, prayerful and thankful so that non-believers will be drawn to our Heavenly Father.

Khamnigan Mongol

Khamnigan Mongols are known for their love of traditions, especially when it comes to marriage. In December, 2006, a noted Khamnigan herdsman allowed the world to view his wedding which was attended by 2,000 guests, plus the international press. This was the famous wedding of Bao Xishun, the world’s tallest man (7’, 9” or 236 cm) that took place at the Genghis Khan resort near Erdos city, Inner Mongolia, China. He arrived in a cart pulled by two camels. In keeping with tradition, the bride’s attendants pretended to try to stop Mr. Bao from getting married by coming with jars of water to pour on him. But they relented after hearing the giant groom’s “sincere” appeals. He was offered tea by the bride’s relatives, showing that he had been accepted into the family.

About 1,600 Khamnigan Mongols still speak their own Khamnigan language. Many are able to speak the language of the neighboring Tungus Ewenki people. Gradually more Khamnigans are leaving their isolated lives as shepherds and assimilating into urban communities with other Mongolian people groups. Unlike the majority of Mongolians, the Khamnigans have never accepted Buddhism, but maintain their ethnic shamanistic religion. They have had almost no exposure to God’s message from His Word nor have they been touched by the saving grace of Jesus.

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Pray for God to open the way for His servants to present Him to the Khamnigan people so that they may come to know who He is and learn of His love for them.-PD

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