Daily Topic for January 28, 2010
All over the world, there are people like the Hindus who fear gods and keep their commandments. They know very little about the only One who has the right by way of creation, to expect obedience. Billions of people have wasted their lives by obeying gods that aren’t God. Don’t we owe them a chance to know and embrace the only One who has the right to command them?
Pray that missionaries will find those among the Hindi speakers of Tanzania who fear God, and are willing to join His Kingdom.
Generally speaking a Hindi speaker equals a Hindu practitioner. Hinduism is more a lifestyle than a religion. We in Western society tend to view religion as an optional component of society. The Hindu sees the two as inseparably interwoven. What he eats, where and how he eats; what he wears; how he speaks and acts-all reflect his Hindu worldview. To a greater or lesser degree this can be said of any Hindu anywhere. And as magnificent, breathtaking Hindu temples rise around the world, the Hindu finds it increasingly easy to practice his lifestyle/religion anywhere.
This certainly proves true in Tanzania. While the Joshua Project lists only 42,660 Hindi speakers in Tanzania, there are about 300,000 Hindus in Tanzania, according to Operation World. Not all Hindus speak Hindi.
In Tanzania, a country with a long history of Christian contact, we find 300,000 Hindus who believe in a pantheon of gods. This is a growing community with no targeted outreach. Here is a group who believes that their gods demand sacrifices and offerings to appease them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that followers of Christ in Tanzania will recognize the mission field at their doorstep and act upon it. Pray that the Holy Spirit will create a hunger and thirst for the One who has already paid the sacrifice and has given the offering to reconcile us to God.