Daily Topic for August 19, 2009
We live in a world in rebellion against its Creator. From the time of the fall of Adam and Eve, God’s plan has been to quell the rebellion and once again establish His authority over all the earth. Jesus Himself said that the gates of hell will not be able to withstand this reconquest by His Church. Yet there are still about 10,000 people groups, including the Marwaris, that do not know that He will reign forever.
Pray for SIM International workers as they go to the Marwari people. Pray that they will tactfully tell of His ways in such a manner that thousands of Marwaris will follow the Lamb.
“Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again” (Eccl. 11:1, NIV).
Several decades ago Christians from the West told the Marwari people in South Asia about salvation through Jesus Christ, and a few hundred of them became believers. But they are like sheep without a shepherd, because they are scattered over a large area, and they have few resources for spiritual growth. Often marginalized and mistreated by members of the majority religion where they live, the Marwaris struggle to maintain their faith with only four pastors for their entire group.
SIM International has stepped in to reach, train, and teach these believers. Several missionary couples from Ethiopia are meeting this challenge. The Marwaris need encouragement and Christian fellowship. The vision came for them to lead themselves and form home groups. The initiative was named “Disciples of Jesus in Action.” Booklets were translated and distributed to help the small groups in studying the Bible and in becoming growing, reproducing churches. Leaders receive regular mentoring sessions and are encouraged to ask questions and offer ideas, a counter-cultural concept where the respected teacher is viewed as the only authority.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God’s joy to fill these Marwari believers in the midst of their poverty and marginalization. Pray for a growing church planting movement among the Marwaris and other unreached people groups in this region of northern India.-JS