Daily Topic for July 30, 2009

II Peter 3:16b
"His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction."

Peter was talking about how people distort the writings of Paul, which he refers to as “scriptures” long before they were canonized in the New Testament. There will always be those who will distort the Word of God, especially when a new Church is emerging. In Galatians, Paul rebukes the Celtic Christians for believing false teachings regarding circumcision. They listened, and went on to become the major mission force for hundreds of years.

Pray that Mongolian believers will dismiss false teachings. Pray that they will become a major mission force like the Celts of old.

Dongxiang People of China

Ibralym and Asyleem heard the sound of a Chinese jeep, so they looked up from their work in the potato patch. “Look! The people who help us,” said Ibralym with a sarcastic smile. “Perhaps they will provide schools for our children so they can get more than one year of education,” replied Asyleem.

Ibralym and Asyleem are part of the Dongxiang people, most of whom live in a part of China’s western Gansu Province that is described in Operation China as a “moonscape.” They eke out a bare-bones living by farming potatoes, barley, millet, wheat, and corn. Of all of China’s minority peoples, the Dongxiangs have the lowest literacy rate, according Pinyin News, (http://pinyin.info/news/2006/the-santadongxiang/)

The ancestors of the Dongxiang people came as soldiers for the Mongol army in the 13th century. These soldiers married local women and developed their own ethnic group. A March, 2006 article in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/international/asia/19ethnic.html) points out that not all of these soldiers were ethnically Mongolian.

Today, the Dongxiangs consider themselves to be devoutly Muslim, though the neighboring Islamic peoples don’t agree, because so many of these impoverished people have resorted to drug smuggling. Few Han Chinese live anywhere near the Dongxiang, and Christians in China have called them, “Impossible to reach.”

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will open a way to reach them in such a manner that their economy will be improved and He will be glorified.-KC

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