Daily Topic for September 17, 2011
When Jesus talked, He spoke the language of His audience. When talking with farmers, He talked about farming. In this instance He talks about the significance of a tiny seed. Will it get chocked out and die, or will it grow? Today there are Bibles available in a language understood by the Pinjaras. Will someone plant a seed among them? Will the seed get chocked out and die, or will it produce fruit?
Pray that Urdu Bibles will find their ways into Pinjara homes and produce an abundant crop for the Lord.
India is hot! One of the things the people do there to stay cool is wear cotton clothing. The cotton industry employs people to grow it, and others to gin it, meaning, to separate the cotton fiber from the pesky seeds. The Pinjara people group has been doing this task ever since they converted to Islam. They even take their name from the word for ginning. After converting to Islam, the Pinjara began ginning cotton—separating it from the seed. The Pinjaras converted to Islam in the late 1600s during the rule of Aurangzeb. Since that time they have mixed folk beliefs and rituals with their Sunni Muslim practices.
Scripture calls both the Word of God and Jesus the seed. In that respect, the Pinjara are truly separated from the seed. Missiologists list them at 99.83 percent Muslim. There are no known followers of Christ among them. The Bible is available in Urdu, their primary language, but it has obviously not penetrated hearts within this people group.
Pray for the Lord to send workers into this waiting harvest field. Ask Him to prepare the Pinjara people to hear the gospel.
Pray for their hearts to be soft and ready to receive the seed of the Word. Ask God to protect the seed from birds, weeds, and thorns that might steal it or crowd it out. Pray for the Lord to bring forth an abundant crop of souls from among the Pinjaras.