Daily Topic for August 10, 2009

Rev. 3:8
"See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut."

The open door is a familiar figure in New Testament writing. It pictures unhindered opportunity for the proclamation of the gospel. One might wonder if the door is opened or closed for reaching the Dhobi people who live near the Ganges River, one of India’s most Hinduized places. A foreigner would probably not be able to get a missionary visa in today’s world, but Indian nationals can go without hindrance. Given their boldness, these South Asian brethren could very possibly be preaching to Dhobis or leading worship services right now at the banks of the Ganges River.

Pray that Indian believers will use creative means to reach the Dhobis for Christ.

Dhobi People

Dhobi people spend their lives worshiping and washing, desperately trying to be spiritually clean! They bow in worship before the washing stone, and then begin their arduous task. They worship many gods, trying to please them, as they clean other peoples’ clothes in the sacred waters of the Ganges River.

The Dhobis are part of the Dalits, formerly known as “untouchables.” The Hindu caste system is very rigid, and there is no hope of ever escaping the caste into which one is born. They patiently accept their hard lives, hoping that through reincarnation after death their souls will be reborn into a better life.

The Dhobis work long hours and earn a meager subsistence wage. They can barely afford vegetables and grain, and a bit of meat is an occasional luxury. Dhobi boys excitedly look forward to the day when they can help the men wash clothes in the Ganges River. Girls and women iron the clothes and linens to please their customers. A Dhobi girl is presented to her future husband along with her meager dowry, which almost always includes an iron, a very precious item for these hard-working families.

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Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and will discover that only Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.-CH

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