Daily Topic for September 11, 2009
It is hard to imagine what life must have been like before the flood. By the time of Noah, only one righteous family remained in the whole earth. However, Jesus warned us that in the days before his coming, life would be similar to this period. Without the light, whole societies and peoples can become progressively corrupted. Indeed, although it seems that the Christian faith is in competition with the world’s religions, these moral traditions have in fact served to stem the tide of social depravity as unredeemed peoples wait for a complete revelation of God’s righteousness in Christ.
Pray for the efforts of Christian ministries to stem the spiritual corruption in India as they minister to the Devadasi prostitutes.
Devadasi prostitutes can find hope in Jesus! Each year, thousands of Devadasi girls as young as 10 are dedicated to a temple goddess, Uligamma, in a wedding ceremony that begins a lifetime of prostitution. Devadasis believe that when the girl is wed in the temple, the spirit of Uligamma inhabits her for a lifetime. Actual possessions have been reported, but girls have been known to be set free by Jesus. When Hindu priests and other men sleep with these girls, they believe they are actually sleeping with the goddess herself. The girls are used until they are too sick or too old to be desirable. Then they are expected to fend for themselves as best they can through menial labor or begging on the streets. There are official laws against child prostitution, but traditions die hard, and girls in remote villages don’t even know about laws enacted hundreds of miles away.
However, there is hope! At World Vision’s “Sahaya Community Development Project,” nurses teach Devadasis about basic medical care and sanitation. They learn that disease is not caused by the goddess, that Jesus cares about them, and that there are economic alternatives to prostitution. Devadasis can earn 20 rupees a day by sewing and selling their handicraft, a wage matching what a male carpenter or mason would earn. Sewing machines have already been given to women who have completed the extensive training program.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Hindus to give glory to Christ when they see transformation among Devadasis.-CH