Daily Topic for May 31, 2011
Paul’s single–minded vision should be a challenge to Christians today. In this verse he reminds the Romans of his primary ministry—preaching the gospel to the Gentiles. Many followers of Christ set out on the path of bringing the gospel to the nations, but become sidetracked by good, perhaps even urgent tasks, such as other forms of church work or ministry. But who will go to the nations? After 40 years in the United States, the Buddhist Burmese still lack a fellowship of believers in Christ.
Pray that many of Christ’s followers in Texas will eagerly reach out to the Burmese Buddhists, who now have the opportunity to hear of Christ’s grace and love in a safe, secure environment.
The storm had ended, but the damage remained. In 2008 a typhoon killed 100,000 people in Myanmar. The Burmese community in Houston gathered donations and prayed to Buddha that their relatives in Myanmar would be delivered from the after effects of the typhoon. Myanmar’s military junta had slowed the recovery by delaying the flow of foreign aid to the worst hit areas. Three years later there is much repair remains to be done.
During the 1960s Burmese political refugees began settling in the United States. These were people that had fled the brutal military regime that ruled Myanmar. A small Burmese community developed in Houston at that time. There are few, if any, who have put their faith in Christ among them.
Almost all Burmese are Buddhists. Those who had been born in Myanmar probably hadn’t heard the message of salvation. Myanmar has been a closed country for over 40 years, since the junta expelled all missionaries. There has been little effort to present the message of salvation to the Burmese in Houston during the last 40 years.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Burmese in Houston would realize that true spiritual freedom and eternal salvation comes only from Jesus Christ. Pray that even among their community leaders, some would look only to the Lord for favor, and not to any other spirit being.