Daily Topic for August 28, 2011
Like the Subarna Banias, in biblical times the tax collectors were noted for being shrewd and cunning. Jesus knew what He was doing when He called Levi, better known as Matthew, to become part of His inner circle. Later that same man who was once a tax collector went on to write one of the gospels and eventually die a martyr’s death for the Lord.
Pray that God will raise up people from the Subarna community will be blessed with the same devotion to Jesus as Matthew had 2000 years ago.
The Subarna Banik Banias are an integral part of Indian society; they are found everywhere from small villages to large cities. Their transactions keep business flowing for the lowliest farmer who needs a loan to buy seed for next year’s crop. They are also prominent in the import-export business and participate in international trade deals. To summarize, they like to make money and are a caste of money-lenders and merchants.
Like other Bania subgroups, Subarna Banik young men are trained to keep accounts and taught to view profit as the only credible outcome of any transaction. They are skilled in mental arithmetic and can calculate interest rates and other complex calculations. Even at the beginning of their trading careers, Banias learn to sell their inventories to make a profit.
Some Subarna Banik follow the Hindu religion, while others are Jains. Culturally sensitive Christians need to reach this caste group with the good news of the freedom they can have in Jesus—freedom from the perpetual reincarnations they believe necessary to bring them rest and peace. TV and radio can be incredibly powerful mediums for communicating the gospel because they can penetrate homes where Christian workers may not be able to go.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will appoint and anoint workers to create relevant culturally sensitive Christ-centered radio and TV materials for the Subarna Baniks. Pray that these media presentations will beam the light of His truth to these spiritually needy people.