Daily Topic for October 08, 2009

Exodus 35:30b
"See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel...and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts..."

There are many ways that the Holy Spirit can move in an individual or an entire nation. In this case, He gave Bezalel the ability to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze The Bengalis are noted for their talents and skills in the arts and literature. For hundreds of years, these talents have been used to enrich people’s lives. We know from this verse in Scripture that God can use their talents to do much more than to produce a rich culture. They can bring glory to the Awesome Creator!

Pray that God will raise up believers among the Bangladeshis who will glorify His Name through their literary and artistic talents. Pray that they will allow Him to fulfill His purposes in their lives.

Muslim Bengali People of Bangladesh

Over 200 years ago, William Carey, the Father of modern Protestant mission, had a dream of reaching the Bengalis with the gospel. Though he successfully awakened the Protestants to their responsibility of taking the gospel to the nations, he did not win many Bengalis to Christ. He did, however, do the first Bible translation for these people, who now number 211 million. Bengali is the seventh largest language in the world, though there are separate dialects for the Hindus, who live mainly in India’s state of West Bengal, and the Muslims, who live mainly in Bangladesh.

Storms and cyclones, like the one that hit last May, batter Bangladesh every year, killing many people and damaging crops and property. This is one of the poorest countries in the world with over 55 percent living below the poverty line. Both indigenous and international NGOs have made significant contributions toward reducing poverty. Some of these efforts have helped the Bengalis to establish small businesses. Such efforts have helped thousands of the poor.

In Bangladesh, churches have been growing at twice the population growth over the past 50 years, though Christian believers constitute only 0.3 percent of Bangladesh’s population.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for continued constitutional freedom to practice one’s religion in Bangladesh. Pray for the church’s ability to withstand pressure from extremist groups for increased Islamization. Pray for a contagious spread of the gospel powered by the Holy Spirit that will affect the Muslim Bangladeshis.-JS

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