Daily Topic for July 08, 2011
Members of the Northern Hmu people have every good reason to be concerned about the afterlife. Unlike many of their neighbors who have responded to the gospel, they have rejected the only One who could write their names in the book of life. As it stands, they depend on shamans to tell them what to expect for eternity.
Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit that will reach every Northern Hmu community with the news that only Jesus holds the keys to our eternal destinies.
It was as if the demure Bo had expended her every tear; she stared vacantly into the blue sky from her kitchen window. Birds crisscrossing the window frame and the noise of the children on the street did not relieve the emptiness and sadness of her mind. She was remembering the sights and sounds of that dreadful day her husband had suddenly died. Images of her elderly relative playing a melancholic tune on the Qeej (reed pipe) rose in her mind like a frightening nightmare. That poignant picture made way for the heart wrenching wailing of her children who, by some strange design, understood the sadness of the moment.
When these sounds quieted, she heard the shaman chanting directions to the deceased, “When you come to the snow capped mountain, don’t be afraid.” This final image kindled in Bo a grief so uncontainable that she dropped on the floor weeping. To her kind sister-in-law’s consoling words she responded, “How can I be sure that he is in a happy place?” The shaman’s word and her sister-in-law’s comforting failed. She wasn’t sure if her husband would indeed be lead to a happy afterlife.
Most of the Northern Hmu people of China practice animism. Notwithstanding the fact that Protestant mission work started as early as 1896, the Northern Hmu people have been fiercely resistant to the message of the gospel.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would soften the hearts of the Northern Hmus, and that they would be eager recipients of the gospel.