Daily Topic for May 19, 2012
We hope for the glory to be revealed to us in eternity, and we wait for it patiently. We must persevere, believing that it will happen. We must also believe that there will be a Christ centered fellowship for those peoples who don’t yet have one in their cultural sphere. Can we persevere and eagerly work until every people group has a Christ-centered fellowship of its own? Some well-meaning believers—even some deeply involved in missions—have expressed doubts about the need to cross the political and cultural frontiers separating the unreached peoples from the gospel. But God’s word promises that it will happen.
Pray for more missionaries and leaders who will hope for what we do not yet have—a Christ-centered fellowship for every people group!
The diminutive 62-year-old Anuradha Koirala recounted tales of horror to a transfixed audience of socialites in Kolkata, India. Koirala was awarded the CNN Hero of the year in 2010 for her work in rescuing sex trafficking victims. As the chairperson of Maiti Nepal, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has rescued over 18,000 women from sexual slavery and exploitation, she recounted the plight of many of Nepal’s women and children. Of the 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked every year globally, 70 percent are women and children. It is estimated that 150,000 of these cases are in South Asia, and Nepal accounts for most of them. Koirala estimates there are currently 150,000-400,000 Nepali girls and women in Indian brothels.
One short-lived Nepal government after another has been either unwilling or unable to address this abuse. It has been up to NGOs to intervene.
Charimaya Tamang was the recipient of the U.S. government’s 2011 “Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award.” She is herself a survivor of repeated rape and torture, but she was rescued in a raid on a Mumbai brothel. In 2000 Charimaya and 14 other survivors founded Shakti Samuke, an anti-trafficking NGO. Today they run safe houses for rescued sex trafficking victims and conduct awareness and intervention programs in 10 of Nepal’s most vulnerable districts.
Pray for God to protect these two brave women. Pray for opportunities for believers to share Christ with those who have been rescued, and for the transforming power of the gospel to heal their lives.