Daily Topic for September 01, 2009

Genesis 1:1
"In the beginning, God . . ."

One of the most remarkable truths the Bible tells us is that the One who created the heavens and the earth didn’t do so anonymously. He desires to be known, and can be known, and has revealed all of His divine attributes in creation itself (Rom. 1:20). Indeed, God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out and find Him (Acts 17:27). That men in every nation have sought to find God is evidence of this reality. Bible translators have yet to find a dialect that is without a word for the Creator God! At the same time, all peoples have found that there is something that separates us from our Creator. The ruins of our decaying bridges to reach Him are there to remind us.

Pray that the whole earth, and every nation, might be filled with the knowledge of His glory as the waters cover the sea.

IMS Work in Orissa

RAC Paul, a Tamil Indian born in 1941, had the unusual combination of bad health and arrogance. He came from a God-fearing Christian family in Tamil Nadu, India, and their prayers saved him from the jaws of death when he was a youth. After God healed him, he began to get into mischief. It wasn’t until he was in veterinary school that he finally surrendered his life to Christ after facing another crisis with his frequent kidney problems.

Because he was so sickly, he spent much of his time reading, and he had no problem graduating in 1963 with high grades. But he also read missionary biographies, and was inspired to work with the tribal peoples in India.

While working in his first job as a veterinarian, Paul came in contact with the Indian Missionary Society (IMS), a group that made it their policy to use only Indian national workers and accept only domestic funds. One of the ways they funded their work was through the “handful of rice movement” where their women would set aside a handful of their daily rice each day, sell it and use the money to fund mission work. The IMS was starting a new mission effort in southern Orissa among people from the Koya and Bondo tribes. Paul talked with his church leaders and those of the IMS, and they agreed to send him.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to get a hold on people from Christian backgrounds, and use them for His glory.-KC

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