Daily Topic for September 03, 2012

1 Corinthians 1:22-24
Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

The Corinthian church had both Jewish and Gentile members. Here Paul illustrates for them how people from both Jewish and Greek cultures often responded to the gospel. Looking for attesting signs to be done by the Messiah, most Jews stumbled on the fact of Jesus’ crucifixion. To the wisdom-seeking Greeks, the whole idea of the crucifixion was foolishness. Likewise, in today’s mission fields, workers like Tiwari will find different stumbling blocks from different people.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal stumbling blocks to today’s Indian missionaries and ask that God will give them wisdom in how to spread the gospel.

Missionary Biography, Continued

In July, 2007, Tiwari handed over the leadership of YWAM’s Varanasi work to three younger leaders. He comments, “Every day God is changing this city into His image. We can see the difference now. God is softening the ground for His glory.” Though much of his work is still in Varanasi, he has also done much work in rural Uttar Pradesh. Working with YWAM, Tiwari has helped their work in 70 villages.

He has a special burden to reach the Bhojpuri people. This is one of Uttar Pradesh’s largest and most influential people groups. The Bhojpuris are not only influential in rural areas, but also in the cities. They have their own dialect of Hindi, and some of India’s most popular movies are in that dialect. If Bhojpuri speakers would embrace Christ, they could influence all of Hindu north India. Narendra also has a spiritual burden for his family, especially his father, who serves Hindu communities as a guru and priest.

Pray for a family-wide movement to Christ among the extended Tiwari family that will affect many segments of Hindu society for the kingdom of God. Pray for God’s physical and spiritual protection for Narendra as he works throughout this mostly Hindu part of northern India.-KC

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(From “I Have Found Peace in Jesus,” by Narendra Tiwari).

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