Daily Topic for September 22, 2012
We are often tempted to bemoan closed doors-areas where the clear proclamation of the gospel is prohibited or otherwise greatly hindered. In a certain sense closed doors are God’s responsibility, but they also may be opened by the faithful, believing prayer of God’s people. Closed doors are of special concern to us because so many of the unreached peoples are located in areas which are closed to the gospel. We know that it is God’s will that these peoples hear and respond to His offer of life in Christ Jesus. We must remember that we face doors, not walls, and that they are only closed-not bolted, locked or jammed.
Pray that the Lord will open doors for the clear proclamation of His truth throughout the world.
The missionary parked his jeep at a village in Rajasthan, India. After drinking tea with the village headman, he finally got down to what he wanted to ask. “How can I get to a Meena village?” The headman was visibly alarmed. He said, “Don’t go there! They’re criminals. They’ll kill you.” The missionary ignored the warning and drove to a Meena village. He spoke to them in their heart language. He was relieved when the villagers invited him to stay and tell them more. The stories about the Meenas had proved untrue.
During the 11th century Rajput kings of Rajasthan conquered the Meena people. The Meena people group objected to Rajput rule, and they often rebelled. The Meena have a long tradition of blood vengeance. No wrong goes unpunished. When the British took control of India in the 1800s, they classified the Meenas as a criminal tribe, but they don’t deserve this reputation. This people group is very cooperative with those who respect their civil rights and treat them with dignity. Most Meena people are Hindus, and there are very few followers of Christ among them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that a mission agency will soon reach out to the Meena people so that they can learn about their maker. Ask God to break the tradition of blood vengeance espoused by the Meena, so they can be set free to forgive and to be forgiven by the Father.