Daily Topic for September 30, 2009
The coming of the Messiah and his eternal Kingdom would be the ultimate fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham. The apostle Paul also echoed this passage when he wrote of his calling to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles (Rom. 1:5, NASB). God has given us the privilege of participating with him in bringing about the obedience of the nations. That is why the Great Commission is so explicit: Disciple all nations, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). We are literally commanded to disciple entire nations, and to instruct them as nations in obeying the teachings of Jesus.
Pray that God will bless and empower OM India as they attempt to disciple Dalit groups.
By this time, you have read several examples of how difficult it is for Dalits to get beyond anything but the most menial jobs. India has made much progress, but they still have a long way to go, especially in Orissa.
But there are other limiting factors that keep Dalits back. One of them is language skills. There are literally thousands of languages in India, so they use common trade languages. As India becomes more globalized, the people who excel usually speak the global trade language: English. Without English skills, Dalits have many doors closed to them.
According to OM India News, 2008, vol. 3, “Today in urban India, English is widely used in institutions, in corporate organizations and even in everyday conversation… the language has evolved to be a status symbol of rich upper caste people, who are referred to as the ‘English-speaking elite.’ For the Dalits, the English language is a life skill they must acquire if they want jobs that will elevate them out of the severe oppression they have suffered for centuries.”
To help Dalits get needed English skills, the Spoken English Training and Career Guidance Center has recently started training Dalits. The first Dalits graduated last year, and most of them found good jobs.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that such efforts will help draw Dalits to the Lord as His children act as His hands and feet.-KC