Daily Topic for September 21, 2009

Genesis 15:6
"He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the heavens and count the stars . . . So shall your offspring be' ... Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness."

The Bible considers Abraham to be the father of us all (Rom. 4:16) because of what he did that night. He simply took God seriously and believed. It is our response to God that matters to Him. If when He calls, we say, “Here am I, send me,” we are then speaking His language. He’ll take care of the rest. The same is true with the Great Commission. To the natural mind it seems impossible. But all we are called to do is believe that God can do it, and that His way of doing it is perfect. Our part is to trust and obey.

Pray that the Koya people will trust God to provide for their needs, even when other ethnic groups cheat them and deprive them of their livelihood.

Koya People

Rama tilled his land, knowing it would be the last time. His Koya people in earlier times frequently moved often, but the Indian government restricted their movement and granted them permanent land ownership rights if they would grow rice. They have been enjoying good yields, although they are still poor. They lack quality medical care and education.

Soon Rama and thousands of farmers in Andhra Pradesh will see their land submerged by the Polavaram Dam Project. The Koya people are recognized as a scheduled tribe who live in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. What will be the options for this politically weak people? Will this situation make them more resentful of outsiders? Those in authority see the Polavaram Dam as a “Project,” but the Koya people see it as a threat to their very existence.

Koya villages are located near dependable water sources. The land they till and the surrounding forests play a crucial role in their lives. They also believe that sacred spirits live in the forests. Koya people practice an animistic religion, and they have adopted many Hindu beliefs as well. Only a few Koya people have put their faith in Christ.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Holy Spirit will till the soil of Koya hearts. Pray that believers will plant gospel seeds that produce a huge harvest. Ask God to bring glory to Himself through the Koya people.-AK

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