Daily Topic for July 15, 2010

Deuteronomy 1:31b
…There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his sons, all the way you went until you reached this place.

Though mothers and fathers play a different role, both are charged to nurture their children. In this verse, you see the father heart of God for His children. The Mosuo people are about as close to being a father-less people as any. How are they to understand the father heart of their heavenly father if they have never experienced an earthly father?

Pray for God to raise up loving “fathers” for Mosuo children who will lovingly nurture them.

Mosuo People

by PE

Xian runs her household efficiently. As the matriarch in a matriarchal society, the family name, inheritance and property pass through her to her youngest daughter. She issues her orders quietly but firmly. If her current husband/lover does not like it, he must leave.

Fearing it would boost the birth rate and adversely affect their zero population growth goal, the Chinese government has banned polyandry. This is the practice of peoples like the Mosuo where a woman has more than one husband. But after having studied the matter, they now believe that because the practice makes women less apt to have a traditional marriage, it might actually fulfill their goals of lowering the population.

Xian lives in a small hut with a hook on the door. When a lover comes to her hut at night he must put his hat on the hook so no one else will enter. Often the identity of a child’s father is not known, but the mother and her brothers take responsibility for the child. How difficult it must be for them to understand the concept of a loving father who cherishes his children, stays close to them, provides, nurtures, protects, and loves them!

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Pray that workers will take the good news of Jesus, who stands at their door and knocks, bringing salvation and everlasting love of the truest kind to those who will answer His call. Pray for the salvation of the Mosuo People.

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