Daily Topic for April 06, 2013
As a follower of Christ, you know that the nations urgently need to hear of His justice, mercy, and salvation. But as the father of modern missions, William Carey, pointed out over 200 years ago, most people don’t have a choice to choose Christ. For centuries their forefathers have offered them something other than God’s perfect ways. Isn’t it only right that they have the chance to be glad and sing for joy to the One who rules justly and guides the nations? Don’t they have the right to worship the only One worthy of our praise? Don’t we owe them that chance?
May God’s rule soon extend to the unreached peoples!
The old man worked his hillside field in southern China. He belonged to the Hakka people group, and his family had lived in Guangdong Province for centuries. He saw other farmers working their fields in the distance but didn’t bother calling out to them. They weren’t Hakka, and he knew they wouldn’t acknowledge him in any way because they couldn’t speak his Hakka dialect.
The Hakka people migrated to southern China centuries ago after being driven out of northern China by Mongol invaders. They speak either Hakka or Mandarin Chinese, which is very different from the Cantonese dialects spoken by many of their neighbors in southern China and Taiwan. Other people groups living in the same area consider the Hakka to be foreigners and shun them.
Before the Communist Revolution of 1949 the Hakka in mainland China were heavily involved in ancestor worship. Today most Hakka have no religious beliefs, due to the influence of Communism.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to open the hearts of the Hakka to the message of salvation. May this people group realize that God truly exists. Some Hakkas in Taiwan are believers, but there is not yet a strong Christ-ward movement among them. Pray for a full harvest among the Hakka people, both in Taiwan and in China. The Hakkas on Hainan Island are especially unreached. Pray for the Lord to move in that part of China.