Daily Topic for July 22, 2009

James 4:7-8a
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you."

These are among the most assuring words in the Bible. Imagine being able to resist the devil, and to have the God of all comfort come near! Imagine how this sounds to someone who has been in bondage to the devil and has not had a chance to be near the Lord!

Pray that the Mongol peoples will embrace this chance to come near to God this very year.

Sogwo Arigs

The Sogwo Arig people live among Tibetan Buddhists in one of the most remote locations in the world. A Mongolian tribe of about 40,000, some have never even heard the name of Jesus. They live in the mountains 11,000 feet above sea level, in China’s west-central Qinghai Province. The best access road to their snowbound villages is impassable for nine months of the year, and boggy mud for the other three months. Should a well-meaning stranger actually manage to reach them, he will face their trained attack dogs. The men do not leave home unarmed. Although they are a distinct people, their culture and language resemble the Tibetan culture and language. They continue to use some Mongolian words and phrases that point to their ancestry. One of the few remaining cultural distinctions is their Mongolian style of ger, a circular tent-like dwelling. They follow Tibetan Buddhism or Bon, a religion even older than Buddhism. They offer animal sacrifices to various gods and demons at altars built of yak dung. There are no scriptures, JESUS Film, Christian radio broadcasts, or gospel recordings in their language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Holy Spirit to penetrate spiritual and cultural barriers, soften their hearts, and calm their fear of strangers. Pray for their release from the bondage of false gods. Pray for brave, determined missionaries to bring the gospel to this isolated and hostile people.-JWS

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