Daily Topic for October 10, 2012
There are few believers among the more than 200 million Bengalis. Even fewer have heard God’s call to work among them. Yes, there are missionaries working in the area. But the need is great for many more to go and serve in this region.
Pray that God would touch the hearts of many Christians so that they would be willing to answer the call to bring in the harvest.
In the Hindu world, you cannot leave your caste. But what if you do not like your caste? In the case of the Mahishya community of West Bengal and Bangladesh, they created a new caste for their people group in 1897. They are now a well-educated and powerful caste. They claim descent from lord Krishna, one of the most important Hindu gods. They also worship household gods, village deities, and local spirits. As lower caste members, they avoid eating beef, but other meats are OK, including fish.
Originally a land-owning agrarian and fishing caste, many of its members left the farm for the city in the 20th century. In the city, they have entered the business and service sections.
In a number of ways the Mahishya people seek to emulate the higher castes. This is seen in certain religious ceremonies where they imitate Brahmins.
Most of this people group speak Bengali, Oriya, Hindi, and English. The Bible and the JESUS Film have been translated into all of these languages. However, less than one percent of the Mahishya people have embraced Christ as their Lord.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that this new caste will become a new people, Jesus’ people, when they hear of His glory. Pray that lord Krishna will soon be replaced by the Lord Jesus Christ whose power will overcome local deities and spirits that keep them outside God’s Kingdom.