Daily Topic for July 20, 2009

James 1:27
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

One of the things that helped the infant Church grow during the Roman Empire was that believers did what no one else would do: they took care of the needy. Despite hostile rumors, it was clear that followers of Christ had the necessary compassion that the rest of the world lacked.

Pray for such compassion to define Mongolian believers, so that their Church will grow.

Daur People of China

“Call the shaman!” This cry is often heard in the homes of about 180,000 Daur people. Each family group depends on its own witchdoctor to cure sickness, birth babies, and settle family disputes. The Daur people worship many gods, and about 60,000 follow Buddhism.

Many are bilingual, using their own language, which has no written form, along with Mongolian for written communication. Christians began showing the JESUS Film in the 1990s, and it is now in the Daur language. More than 1,000 Daur people became followers of Christ in a short time. Only God knows how many souls have turned to Him since then. The new believers have faced persecution, yet they retain a burning desire to share Christ with their ethnic group. They need our prayer support.

The Daur people live in family groups near water sources. They adorn their homes and clothing with bright decorations, often symbols of nature. Their lively songs and dances also portray nature. Storytelling helps preserve their history, and they have retained ancestral traditions and customs.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Daur people will call on Jesus, the one mediator between God and humankind. Ask our Creator to reveal Himself to the Daurs as they observe nature. Pray for the few believers among this group to remain spiritually strong and to spread the gospel effectively. May their friends and relatives see the Light shining through them.-AK

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