Daily Topic for December 25, 2012
As we recall Jesus’ birth this Christmas Day, we see Almighty God crossing the greatest barriers, which separated Him from man. And in God’s initiative to live among us we see the missionary dynamic necessary to reach unreached people groups. Jesus - the missionary Word of God - became flesh so that 33 years later He might die and decisively deal with the barrier of sin. The same Word which had created man became man, took on human flesh, and lived for a while among us. It is now our task to cross other barriers (culture, language, religion) to the unreached peoples and proclaim the Word in person!
Pray that as the Father sent His Son, that He will now send us.
“They blame us for everything!” Wei said angrily. He looked at the broken front window of his store and at the Arabic graffiti scrawled on the door. Though he couldn’t read the message, he knew what it meant: go away!
“Why do they hate us?” he wondered aloud. “We do the jobs they don’t want and we work hard. I keep this store open extra hours to do more business. Still, they want us to leave.”
Like immigrants the world over, the Chinese in Algeria are often the target of resentment. At times this boils over into outright discrimination and even violent attacks.
Imagine leaving your home, traveling to a far away land, and starting a new life. Imagine working in a culture that is not only foreign, but doesn’t appreciate your presence. Imagine having your business vandalized and your family threatened.
These are just a few of the many challenges the Han Chinese face as they seek to live in Algeria. In addition to culture shock, they face religion shock. Many Chinese are non-religious, but have come from a background of Buddhism, Taoism, and folk religions. In Algeria, they find themselves surrounded by Muslims.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Chinese in Algeria to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel message. Pray for missionaries to find creative ways to share God’s love with them and tell them that they are highly valued by the Lord.