Daily Topic for July 05, 2013
There is no place or people on earth where this teaching is not radically counter-cultural. Every fallen natural impulse leads us to react to pain by wanting to respond in kind. What Jesus is teaching here is a way of life that is impossible without His life living within us. It was Jesus who said in the Gospel of John, “No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily.”
Pray that His strength may indwell us and make us like Him so that we can willingly submit to His purposes, even to injustice if it is for the sake of His Name.
Kham Tibetan men stand tall and proud. They are warriors, fierce fighters whom the Chinese fear and with whom the great Mongol leader, Genghis Khan, chose to make a treaty instead of conquer. They have a saying, “If a Kham draws a knife and someone doesn’t die, then he is not a Kham.”
Like so many others in their part of the world, the Kham’s national identity is deeply rooted in their religion. To be Kham is to be Buddhist. Many Kham make the grueling long journey on foot, sneaking over the Indian border to go and hear the Dalai Lama whom they revere with utter devotion. Like the Amdo, many of the Kham live in areas where access is tightly controlled by the Chinese, or it is nearly inaccessible. As in the Amdo and Yi areas, Qiangic speaking Tibetan tribes live in scattered pockets within the Kham areas. For instance, many of the Muya, Queyu, Zhaba, Xiangcheng and sTau are bilingual with the Kham language.
In recent years some monks among the Kham have come to faith in Christ. They have brought many other Tibetans out of faith in Buddhism and into faith in Jesus! Some individuals from Qiangic speaking tribes within Kham areas have also come to Christ. (Source: OMF)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God waters the seeds of this fledgling church, and that the gospel would sweep through all the Tibetan people groups in the Kham areas.