Daily Topic for August 10, 2011

2 Peter 3:11-12
You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

Have you ever reflected on this mysterious admonition? What does Peter mean when he says we should speed that day? Is Peter possibly referring to Jesus’ statement that this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations before the end will come (Matthew 24:14)? If so, then consider the glorious possibility: by committing our lives to bringing the gospel to those people groups still without a believing fellowship in their midst, we are helping to speed the return of Jesus Christ.

Pray that the Lord will give strength to our hands as we seek to hasten the day of His appearing.

Rastoogi Bania People

by PD

During the news interview, Rajit, a Rastogi man spoke directly into the microphone while beads of sweat on his forehead betrayed his nervousness. He said, “One reason for the peaceful nature of the city of Lucknow, India, is the network of economic dependency which cuts across religion and caste. This is especially true of the local embroidery industry, known as Chikan. This is a traditional Muslim craft, but it is traded mostly by our Hindu Rastoogi businessmen.” Sameer, a prominent news reporter responded, “However, it seems this is changing. Just the other day I heard there were more riots because some Muslim loom owners said Hindus tried to destroy their businesses.” Rajit replied, “I pray that Surya (the Hindu Sun God) will protect us and bring us continued prosperity.”

Most of the 63,000 Hindu Rastoogi people live in northern India, primarily Uttar Pradesh. This prominent caste traces its Hindu beliefs back to when they selected “Surya” the Hindu sun god as their clan deity. Surya is portrayed as a red man with three eyes and four arms, riding in a chariot. They worship him as the god of healing and fortune. His picture is in Rastoogi-owned shops and homes because they firmly believe he will bring them blessings.

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With almost no known followers of Christ in Uttar Pradesh, the Rastoogi people need an influx of missionaries to tell them about Christ’s glory. Pray that many Rastoogi people will come to know God’s truth, life, and ways.

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