Daily Topic for July 06, 2013

Matthew 5:42
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

There can be tension between our principles and the demands of the kingdom of God. We read this verse and immediately object that perhaps someone who asks us for a loan might be a fraud or going to use it for something we do not approve of. This is why this verse needs to be taken in the context of the whole of Scripture. And yet, the question is still there: When someone makes a demand on us, how do we respond?

Pray that God will give us wisdom to perceive when it is right to say no to those making demands, and when we should not only say yes, but also go the extra mile. May we engage people as Jesus would.

Rongbrak Tibetan People

by RW

“I know you’re in there!” The pounding on the door continued as Gumbo muted the TV and pretended not to be home. After three surgeries, his health was finally stable, but there was no way he could repay all the debts from money he had borrowed from his neighbors and relatives. Initially, there had been an outpouring of goodwill when his life was in danger. Now recovered but unable to work, the goodwill was gone, and angry neighbors who wanted to be repaid kept coming. He had no job, no money, and no ability to repay anyone anytime in the near future.

Rongbrak Tibetans like Gumbo live in an area historically ruled by Gyalrong kings. Their mountain farms are dominated by Murdo Mountain, the most important “god mountain” for the Gyalrong and one of the four most important “god mountains” for all Tibetans. The Rongbrak are culturally related to their Gyalrong neighbors.

As with many Tibetans, most Rongbrak are subsistence farmers. Some, however, contract out to be manual laborers working in construction or carrying ore for mines. The modest income from these jobs will give them enough cash to survive, but leave no margin for emergencies. One accident or serious injury is all it takes to drive a family into ruin.

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Pray that believers will soon come among these Rongbrak Tibetan people to bring them the word of God. Pray that they will receive not only spiritual help, but also physical, financial, and emotional blessings.

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