Daily Topic for August 09, 2011
How human it is for us to be concerned primarily with our own salvation. Our own welfare is a natural concern. But it is wrong to stop there. We must be concerned for the spiritual safety and security of others also. Remember God’s challenge to Ezekiel: If you warn them and they do not listen, that is their responsibility. If you do not warn them and they perish, I will hold you responsible (Ezekiel 33:8-9, paraphrase). That is a great challenge to us as we think of those who still have not heard the gospel!
Pray that the Holy Spirit will raise up a team of faithful believers to share Christ with the Gahoi people. Pray that they will have boldness to not fear rejection and scorn. Pray that He will give them the same courage He gave to Ezekiel to warn others of the judgment awaiting those who reject His grace.
“My Gahoi brother Aji is handsome and has a dynamic personality. He is a very successful software professional with a promising future. He is looking for a well educated, professional, moral and good looking Gahoi girl who is warm, loving, and desires to be a good housekeeper.” Reading the ad in the largest matrimonial Internet service in India drew the attention of the Gahoi mother. She said to her daughter, “this sounds like the right man for you!”
There are over 300,000 Gahoi Bania people living primarily in the states of Uttar Pradesh and the northern parts of Madhya Pradesh. (See yesterday’s map) Most of the Gahois, both men and women, are well-educated and work as professionals. Many are in business or banking. They value education enough to pay for scholarships for the poor people.
The Gahois are a very close-knit community, and they prefer their children to marry within their clan or caste. According to their tradition, a schoolmaster named Biya Brahmin was the founder of their caste. He selected the Brahmins to be their spiritual leaders. Gahois continue to remain devoted to their Hindu beliefs, employing Brahmin priests. They participate in most Hindu festivals honoring the gods. Most of them are strict vegetarians and refrain from drinking alcohol.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God’s guidance and protection among believers who desire to reach Gahoi Hindus. Pray that the clear instruction of God’s Word will draw the Gahois to the Living God.