Daily Topic for May 10, 2011
Paul’s point here is that the path of faith is clearly open to both Jews and Gentiles. In a restatement of a major theme of the book—righteousness obtained by faith—Paul very clearly reveals God’s unlimited plan for all peoples. Note the absolute terms used. No difference, Lord of all, all who call upon Him, everyone. It wasn’t so long ago that some of our ancestors were what we call unreached peoples. But God in His sovereignty revealed Himself to them in Christ.
Commit yourself once again to making His grace known to the world’s unreached peoples.
They are a people without a country—Nepali-speakers from Bhutan.
Generations ago the Hindu Nepalis moved from Nepal to Bhutan, but ethnic cleansing by Buddhists in Bhutan forced them back to refugee camps in Nepal. They are not welcome in either Bhutan or Nepal, so in 2008, the U.S. accepted 5,000 Nepali-Bhutanese refugees. Five hundred of their families came to Houston. Not only are they a people without a country, but they are also people without skills since they received no education in the refugee camps where they lived under deplorable conditions.
Several individuals, churches and groups have come along side these refugees to help them acculturate. Margie Randall, previously an IMB missionary, returned to Houston and felt God calling her to minister to the Nepali Bhutanese. They now call her “Mom,” as she assists them with everyday tasks (see page four). On Christmas 2009 several Houston churches and organizations hosted an assembly of cultural performances and shared Christmas stories. Mark Heavener, a Texas Baptist Intercultural Ministries Strategist says, “…Anytime the gospel is presented to foreigners, we have translators present. We work very closely with Pastor Bhadra from the Canaan Bhutanese Church. Many who attended that Christmas assembly had never before heard of Christ or Christmas, and they were introduced to Christ in their heart language. In addition, Korean and Southeast Asian churches are reaching out to them, redefining “local” missions in a way that in a sense is more international than an overseas trip.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Thank the Lord that these Nepalis Bhutanese are coming closer to Christ. Pray for open hearts.