Daily Topic for July 24, 2011
What a tremendous promise—thoroughly equipped for every good work! One great challenge in thrusting a new generation of laborers into the harvest field is to provide training for them in the Word of God. The Chuan Miao people have no Bible to call their own. But missionaries are now developing stories and skits based on Bible stories that could equip the Christians with His Word.
Pray that soon a team of workers will put His Word into plays for the Chuans and other Miao peoples who need to hear and understand His truth.
Do you like Szechwan cuisine? The Chuan Miao people of China’s Szechwan Province cook their own distinctive “Szechwan” cuisine. Their culture is as distinct as their dress. They are among the indigenous peoples of southwestern China. According to Operation China, there are about 117,000 Chuan Miao people in China today; however, this people group can also be found in Myanmar where they number some 10,000. Their presence in Myanmar is due to migration. In 1806, they fled Yunnan Province in southwestern China for Szechwan to avoid assimilation into Han Chinese society when the Han moved into their lands. Then, from 1855 to 1873, they joined forces with the Hui people in open revolt. The subsequent loss to Han Chinese forces further reduced their lands and numbers. Others simply left China. Early on, the Chuan Miao were evangelized by song. Then, in 1922 Mark’s Gospel was translated into their language, and within a year, 5,000 Chuan Miao people sought more information about Jesus. Soon China Inland Mission (CIM) workers had several thousand believers to disciple. Today, however, there are no church buildings, no Bibles, and no church growth. About 2,000 Miao believers need discipling, and the whole Bible, not just the Gospel according to Mark, needs to be translated.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for workers to disciple the Chuan Miao and complete the Bible in their language.
Pray for a spiritual revival among believers and for a people movement to Christ among the animist Chuan Miao.
Pray for believers to use music, dramas and stories to help the Chuans to understand biblical principles.