Daily Topic for August 13, 2009
Many scholars have identified the scroll as the title deed to rule the earth. By virtue of His death and resurrection, Jesus has already gained victory over the gods of this world. As Hindus, the Kurmi people worship many of the gods that are defeated by the King of Kings. As farming people, they understand the value of land deeds. Who will tell them of the One who holds the title deed to rule the earth?
Pray for bold and loving believers from India’s higher castes to go to the Kurmi people with this essential message of Christ’s rulership over the earth.
“The Kurmi male has a strong, bony hand, natural to a man of his employment. He is frequently tall and powerful, manly, outspoken, and independent in manner and is altogether free from cringing obsequiousness.” These are the words of 19th century missionary, Rev. Sherring, in discussing the characteristics of the Kurmi people.
In Sanskrit, the Kurmi name means “I can” or “I am able” or “within my power to act.” They have the reputation of being straightforward, brave, and stubborn in their nature. They are among the earliest colonists in their part of India. They are relatively prosperous, educated, but also quite rooted in farming and trade. They form about two percent of India’s population.
In 1894, the Kurmis formed the first official association in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to show their protest against the British decision to cut their numbers in the military. They later joined forces with several other people groups to further strengthen their stance against British rule. This helped lead to Indian independence in 1947. The Kurmis are 100 per cent Hindu. Pray that the spiritual darkness that surrounds the Kurmis would be lifted.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God’s people would begin targeting the Kurmi people for intentional contact and to bring the good news to them.-JR