Daily Topic for July 25, 2010

1 Thessalonians 1:8
The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.

One of the first signs that a church has indeed responded in obedience to the gospel of Christ is the witness the groups begin to exercise toward others, first among their own people, and then in other people groups. Missionaries today tell story after story about those who have just begun to grow in their new-found faith already expressing a deep concern for the fate of their Christless neighbors—often their former enemies.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to prompt China’s Muslim background believers to share their faith in words and deeds with those who still wait to hear His good news.

SIM International Work

by JS

The local imam was summoned to cast a demon out of a Hui woman. He read scriptures from the Qur’an, spoke them into water and told the woman to drink it. Finally he wrote passages from the Qur’an on paper, rolled it up, and had the woman smoke it. The idea was to get the words of the Qur’an into her body to fight off the demon. This story was shared with SIM missionaries visiting with a family in a village. The missionaries then had the opportunity to share stories about Jesus’ victory over demons and his power over them. The family listened intently.

For three years an SIM International team has been trying to enter a particular Hui location, but bureaucracy of one sort or another has always prevented it. Finally the team was welcomed, but four months later after a political change they were told to leave. SIM believes that prayer and fasting is beginning to make a difference among the Hui people.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Holy Spirit to replace the distrust and prejudices felt by Han believers for the Huis with love and compassion. Pray for wisdom in answering misconceptions that the Hui have about Christ followers. Pray for adaptations of the Bible and the JESUS Film that are suitable for the Hui people.

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