Daily Topic for July 18, 2012
The goal of world evangelization will never be achieved by the brilliance of human strategy, the wisdom of cultural adaptation, or the power and effort of human determination, although each of these elements has its place. Only God’s Spirit moving and working in the hearts of each people group will accomplish their evangelization. Yet He uses the available human resources that are yielded to His control.
Pray that every missionary team will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in each situation, as they seek to bear witness to Jesus Christ.
An early British mountain climber, Arthur Wakefield, described the team of Sherpa porters on an early expedition as a “motley throng of old men, women, boys, and girls;” yet he marveled at their accomplishments. He was astounded how easily they carried 80-pound loads at 18,000 feet, and some women even carried their babies along.
The Sherpas are still renowned in the mountaineering community for their hardness, expertise, and experience at high altitudes. Some speculate that it is a result of their adaptation to living in high altitudes. Their hearts and lungs have adapted well to low oxygen conditions.
The Sherpas first gained fame with Sir Edmund Hillary’s 1953 successful ascent of Mt. Everest, and since then they have been steadily employed as porters and mountain climbers in the rush of tourism in Nepal. Fame has not been all good. Many Sherpas in Kathmandu have fallen prey to alcohol and greed, and there are signs that their culture is unraveling.
Sherpas are Buddhist, but with an increasingly larger number of them living in Kathmandu, they have the chance to hear the gospel. There are a handful of Sherpa believers.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Nepal and share Christ with the Sherpas. Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the 13 known Sherpa believers. Help them to build strong fellowships and give them a love for others that will draw Sherpas to Christ.-JS