Daily Topic for July 25, 2009

I Peter 3:15b
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..."

We have hope in Christ, and so do the believers in Mongolia. They have hope in a land where the economy is in shambles and there seems to be no way out. A personal testimony can sometimes be the best way to reach the heart of those who lack hope. But it can backfire if it is done in a spirit of pride or hostility.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give believers in Mongolia the grace to give their testimonies with grace and tact so that their Buddhist neighbors can find hope in Christ.

Japanese in Mongolia

Leftovers. Left-behinds. Stragglers. Those might be appropriate terms to describe the Japanese who currently reside in Mongolia. In l932, 300,000 Japanese soldiers invaded northeast China and began what has been called a “reign of terror.” They looted, raped and murdered with impunity. When their occupation finally ended in l945 at the conclusion of World War II, most of this barbaric occupying force retreated to Japan.

But not all of it. Those who remained on the Asian continent were dispersed across what was once known as Manchuria in today’s northeastern provinces of China. Some sought refuge in nearby Mongolia. All together, it is estimated that by late in the 20th century, these refugees of war numbered less than 6,000 people.

As they sought to blend into their adopted home, the Japanese married members of the Mongolian majority and largely gave up their cultural traditions. Though some continued to practice ancestor worship, many accepted the lies of Communism and became atheists. There are no known believers among them today. Though the Bible is available in Japanese, the majority of this long-displaced group can no longer read that language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God’s love to reach this small but highly valued people. Though they have been hidden and assimilated, God has not forgotten them. He is still zealous to draw them out of darkness and into His marvelous light. Pray for the Japanese of Mongolia to hear God’s call to turn to their true home in Christ.-CL

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