Daily Topic for March 06, 2013

Acts 1:7, 8
It is not for you to know the times or dates. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.

Here Jesus answered the question, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (v. 6). He said that the times and the dates for His return are known only by the Father. Two things we do know, however. We will receive the power of the Holy Spirit, and by that power we will be His witnesses, beginning where we are and moving out to the ends of the earth. Let us yield ourselves fully to this commission, empowered by His Spirit until people from every nation acknowledge Jesus as Lord. Then His Kingdom will come with fullness and glory.

Pray that the Father will move His Church by the power of His Holy Spirit in Japan, Russia, and wherever else the gospel needs to be preached.

Buddhist-Shintoist Japanese People in Moscow

by WK

Mitsui, a Japanese college student in Moscow, sat in his dorm room and typed on his computer in Anglicized Japanese. “Hello, my name is Mitsui. Is there anyone out there who can help me learn Russian?” Mitsui was having problems in his Russian language class. His classmates were foreigners like himself, and they had their own problems with the class. The professor was some help, but what Mitsui really needed were native Russian language speakers with whom he could practice his Russian language skills.

Mitsui was also lonely. He missed his parents and siblings in Tokyo. Mitsui gazed up at the ceiling, wondering if God existed. He hadn’t been very religious back home in Japan, but now in his loneliness, he was thinking that maybe he was wrong.

Since the fall of Communism in Russia in 1991, Japan and Russia have had friendly contacts. Japanese companies have opened stores and factories all over Russia. In increasing numbers Japanese students have enrolled in Russian universities. Often Russians are uneasy about being with foreigners, so many Japanese in Moscow find themselves alone. Like their countrymen in Japan, most Japanese are Buddhists, if they are religious at all.

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Pray that Russian believers will be led by God to reach out to visitors from Japan with love and friendship. There is an open door for campus ministries. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Japanese in Moscow a hunger for truth and righteousness.

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