Daily Topic for August 31, 2010
The book of Revelation fittingly ties up all the loose ends unraveled in the book of Genesis. But there is great progress as well as restoration. God began with a beautiful garden; He closes the scene with a glorious city. He started with a tree of life; now we see an abundance of fruit—a new crop every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Those groups that have suffered ruin because of sin will find healing and wholeness because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of those willing to go into the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation.
Pray for the nations and peoples of the world that are so broken and bruised by sin. Pray for healing of nations like the Chhantyls.
They may be farmers now, but the Chhantyl people were once miners who could locate ore deposits by smell and taste without the use of modern equipment. This was especially true of copper ores, the main mineral once mined by this people group. In recent years Nepal’s high taxes on the mining trade has forced the Chhantyl people out of the mining business.
The Chhantyls live in the high mountain valleys of western Nepal on what would be the equivalent of an Indian reservation were they living in the United States. This people group used to be Hindus, but they converted to Buddhism hundreds of years ago. Yet they still celebrate Dashain and Tahir, two Hindu festivals, despite being Buddhists. The Chhantyl people also worship nature and ancestor spirits. Today there are 20,000 members of this people group. Their historic language is no longer used. The Chhantyls have adopted the languages of their neighbors as their mother tongue. There are no known followers of Christ among this people group.
Ask God to lead a missionary agency to target the Chhantyl for outreach. Pray that God would break the hold that Buddhism and animism have on this people group when they experience the unsurpassing glory of the Lord. May the Bible be widely available to them in any language they now speak. Pray that the Chhantyls will discover the riches of salvation that comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net