Daily Topic for October 19, 2009
The Hajang people of Hindu India and Muslim Bangladesh have experienced injustice and oppression in both countries. In both countries this small people group has had to deal with the “might makes right” ethic which mankind resorts to when there are no safeguards for the weak. Knowing our sin nature, God provides laws to protect the weak. Unfortunately for the Hajang people, God seems very far away.
Pray that the law of love will soon be etched on the hearts of enough people in Bangladesh that small tribes like the Hajangs will not suffer injustice.
How does one translate the Bible into a language that has no alphabet? Even if the Words of Life become available, how many will be able to read them? Would global recordings and the JESUS Film provide the best way to reach them? These questions and others face those who long to minister to the Hajong people living in the hill country of Bangladesh.
The Hajongs are farmers, primarily growing rice, wheat and potatoes. The women weave beautiful material and embroider intricate patterns to supplement their income. They practice an animistic religion, but have adopted the Hindu caste system. Village elders conduct religious ceremonies, and they worship millions of spirits that serve Satan.
Historically, Hajongs were forced to poach wild elephants with no pay. Many died from elephant attacks. In the late 1700s, Karim Shah founded the Pagal Panthi sect, which incorporated the non-violent elements of several religions. The Hajongs have sought inner peace through such movements, but they haven’t found it. Our prayers can make a difference in their earthly lives and can affect them for eternity.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to pray for them regularly. Pray that the living and true God will reveal Himself to the Hajong people. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill hearts with love for the Hajong people and to provide ministry opportunities. Pray that radio broadcasts and other oral presentations will reveal the Prince of Peace to these precious people.-AK