Daily Topic for July 20, 2013

Matthew 7:18
"Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

Jesus’ teaching is always thought provoking. Here He seems to be saying that it is not the act itself, but the motivation of the act that is important. It is the will of the Father and being known by Jesus that counts. We can all think of times when we have fallen into the danger that we are so busy working for the Lord, that we neglect spending time with Him. Yet none of us have perfectly pure motives in what we do.

Pray that our actions will flow from His will in such a way that they will come from love for Him.

Guiqiong People

by RW

Warjap, a Guiqiong-speaker, slowly creaked his way down the row of prayer wheels. He was spinning each one with just enough force to make sure it made a full rotation, as he kept moving at a steady pace without missing one. After spinning the rows of wheels at the temple, he would prostrate himself seven times at the holy stone. Later at home he would say his mantras and use his prayer beads.

The young people put off dealing with their sins until tomorrow; the old people with death looming need to do all they can to eliminate the bad karma they have accrued right away. They are hoping to earn a better next-life.

The 7,000 Guiqiong-speakers live mainly in arable farming communities in mid-western Sichuan Province. Guiqiong is a Qiangic language, with four tones and no written script. Due to their relative proximity to Han civilization, it’s fair to say that of the various Qiangic Speaking Tibetan (QST) groups, the Guiqiong are the most Sinocised (meaning that they are strongly influenced by the Chinese). However, since the terrain of the Guiqiong is so steep and rugged, it is possible that there are places where their language is spoken widely which are, as yet, untouched by researchers and linguists. The older women, in particular, wear traditional embroidered tunics and headdresses, and the Guiqiong still proudly adhere to their traditional cultural identity.

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Ask the Lord of the Harvest to use the Han Chinese Church which has already begun to reach out to the Guiqiong to bring the good news to this people group.

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