Daily Topic for July 27, 2011
Paul asked the church at Thessalonica to pray for him and for the rapid spread of the gospel to those to whom it had not yet come. That prayer can be ours today. Just as the gospel spread to many of the Miao peoples in China and beyond, pray that it also spreads to those that still remain without a Christ-oriented fellowship of their own for whatever reason.
Pray that the gospel message and the Name of Jesus Christ will soon be spread and honored among the Lupanshui Hmong people.
As a horn on the head describes the Horned Miao we read about yesterday, so uniqueness describes the Lupanshui Miao which we will read about today. Although counted as members of the Miao nationally, the Lupanshui Miao speak the Hunanese language of their homeland, China’s Hunan Province. Many years ago Chinese military campaigns raged against the Miao in Hunan and uprooted whole communities, resettling them in their present location in northwest Guizhou Province.
Today the Lupanshui Miao reside in the city bearing the Lupanshui name. They share this city with various Han Chinese peoples. The Lupanshui are linguistically distinct from all other Miao groups in western Guizhou. Because they view the Lupanshui as a different people, other Miao peoples usually do not intermarry with them.
Most Lupanshui Miao are hardworking agriculturists who do not center their lives on religion. Many older Lupanshui Miaos practice animism and worship spirits and elements of nature. Many of the youth are atheists.
There are no known Lupanshui Miao churches or believers. While Miao churches exist among other subgroups in the area, they speak languages different from the Lupanshui and have been unable, or perhaps unwilling, to communicate the gospel to them.
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Pray that believers will connect with the Lupanshui Miao so that they will hear the gospel in their own language and realize their eternal homeland in God’s Kingdom.