Daily Topic for July 30, 2011
Food and clothing: the list is short when we tally the real necessities of life. Even if we expand this list (e.g., adding shelter, health care, etc.), the list is still much shorter than that of our monthly budget. Today a bottleneck in frontier mission expansion is due to a lack of funding for new ventures. Mission agencies are willing to lead. Workers are willing to go to unreached peoples like the Changshu Miao. But finances are not available. Why? Did God miscalculate the resources needed to accomplish His work? Or have those resources, committed to his stewards, been diverted to other uses?
Pray that we will be found faithful stewards of what He has given us.
Li giggled when his older sister, Lona, walked by. She stopped, turned to him with a frown on her 16-year-old face, and spat out, “What do you think is so funny?” Twelve-year-old Li said, “All that extra embroidery on your shirt and the silver jewelry make you look like an idol. And that bamboo comb in your hair must be half a meter long. Is that fake hair I see over it?” Lona briefly looked at her clothes, and replied, “I am going to the Flower Ground Festival, and I don’t want to look like a bum like my brother. By the way you are dressed, you should stay with the pigs.” With that, she quickly walked away.
The 20,600 Changshu Miao people of Guizhou Province love to attend the Flower Ground Festival. It is a great time to meet friends and family. Girls like Lona dress their best to attract a possible husband, though their younger siblings might not always be impressed.
The Changshu Maio do not consider themselves to be related to any of the other so-called Miao peoples. Those who live in rural areas only marry others from the Changshu group. In recent years, however, many who work in towns and cities have married outsiders, according to Operation China.
Though there are no believers among this animistic group, they have contact with the Han Chinese. Unfortunately, the only spiritual influence coming from the Han Chinese at this time has been ancestor worship.
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Pray for Chinese believers to take Christ to the Changshu people.