Daily Topic for October 16, 2009
One of the key blessings that the Lord gave His children was rule of law. Without it, nations degenerate into mob rule leading to cruel injustice and oppression. For decades, the people of Bangladesh have failed to forgive the Biharis, leading to oppression of this minority people that could otherwise contribute to the country’s needs. The Biharis still live as refugees in Bangladesh.
Pray that rule of law would prevail in Bangladesh in such a way that the Bihari people would be blessed with justice and given an opportunity to use their skills as God sees fit.
The Biharis, a people without a home, without a country-“beggars on the footpath” as one Bihari reported to BBC News in Dhaka. “Our people are leading a horrible life,” he said. How did it get this way?
East Pakistan in the early 70s revolted and demanded autonomy, but Pakistan responded by sending in its army. Nine months and three million deaths later it pulled out and allowed East Pakistan to become Bangladesh, an independent country. Neither Pakistan nor Bangladesh wanted the Biharis. Pakistan had its own problems, and Bangladesh considered the Biharis to be sympathetic to Pakistan. Since that time the Biharis in Bangladesh have been stateless, an unwanted people group, herded into camps throughout Bangladesh. Many are living in small rooms meant for one family, now occupied by several families and often by generations. Biharis not only struggle against the dangers of cyclones, poor nutrition and poverty, but access to education is limited and 70 percent of them are illiterate or semi-literate.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Christ-centered NGOs to help the Biharis find their purpose, and help them re-settle in a new land. Pray for evangelistic films and Christian radio to be received so that the Biharis can get a clear picture of God’s plan for them-adoption and acceptance into His family through Christ and His death on the cross, with mercy to all who repent and put their trust in Him.-MH