Daily Topic for August 27, 2011
People from every nation will be invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! From Revelation 7:9 we know that some from each people group will attend. What a delightful thought! Christ has always invited those who are not so lovable to fellowship with Him. Notice that he called Simon, a militant zealot, and Matthew, a shrewd tax collector, to become part of His Kingdom. Today He is calling the Nima peoples. Will we do our part and pray for missionaries to go to these people that Christ loves?
Pray that God will be merciful to the lovable and the unlovable alike, so that they can soon be invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.
“Where a sheep grazes or a Nima trades, what is left for anybody else?” This proverb summarizes why the Nima Banias are unpopular with other communities in India. Yet Jesus has a real love for this people: “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring; and they will hear my voice; for there will be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
At present the Nimas are anything but one flock! They may be united by a common Hindu caste system that pigeonholes them as merchants and money-lenders, but there is diversity. The Nimas are divided into the Bisa, the Dasa, and the Pacha groups. Nima Bania marriages are so complex that 52 subsections are needed to cover their marriage law. And who knows what subgroup is willing to marry into another subgroup? If one group won’t marry someone from another group, chances are they would not fellowship with one another if they had a church. That would mean there is a need for more than one church planting effort. Anyone who attempts this would be starting as a pioneer missionary since there are few, if any fellowships, where Banias would feel comfortable and welcome.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these unpopular and unloved people will find the lover of their souls. Ask the Lord to use things in their complex culture to reveal Himself and his Son to the Nima Banias.