Daily Topic for August 26, 2011
Have you ever stopped to think about the cost of that free gift of the water of life? It cost nothing for us, but everything for our Lord. That is the real difference between our faith and all other faiths. The water of life is free to every repentant sinner who will bow the knee to Jesus. How the unreached Bania peoples need to know this! But, before their hearts will open to this gospel, we must pray.
Pray that the Father will help us to be faithful to pray for those who need to hear about Him so that they can receive the water of life.
The overhead fan hummed softly and the aroma of spiced chai hung in the air as Indian mission leaders Jawahar and Pradeep discussed how to reach some of India’s most unreached people groups. Jawahar asked, “How do we locate the Nagar Bania people?” Pradeep replied, “Go to Gujarat state where some 32,000 Nagar Banias reside. Out of the 57,000 Nagar population in all of India, Gujarat has the largest concentration of this people group. You are most likely to meet some of them in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city.”
Working as moneylenders or merchants, Nagar Banias can also be found (although in lesser numbers) in India’s states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Goa.
Nagar means “settlement.” And like the Mahajan Banias we read about yesterday, the Nagar Banias look to Hinduism for their spiritual answers.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that they may find their “settlement” in God’s eternal home. Ask the Lord of the harvest to visit the leaders of Nagar households and villages, as well as their spiritual leaders with His truth in a way they can understand. Ask God to anoint those working with the Nagars with wisdom and insight and with the love of Jesus.