Daily Topic for August 14, 2013
In a sense, shepherd peoples like the Gadarias understand our relationship with God better than we do. They deal with sheep, the very same animal to which God compares us. Like sheep, people wander away from their master, and often face serious consequences as a result. Could it be that when such unreached peoples come to their Master, they will be able to teach the rest of us what it means to know Him?
Pray that the Gadaria people will embrace their Master. Pray that they will soon work with others who do not know the Good Shepherd.
Helping his father with some stonework, the boy asked why they had to live in Gurgaon City. The boy wanted to go away to the green pastureland where his uncle still lived and took care of sheep. His father replied, “You are Gadaria, and that means sheep.’ In the past all of our family were shepherds. Your mom used to make beautiful blankets from their wool, and she helped me take care of the animals. We lost our land and had to find new work. This is why we live here in the city. Maybe someday you will be able to return to being a Gadaria shepherd. Pray that Allah will show you the way.”
The 3,000 Gadaria people in northern India are Muslim. There are 6,000 others living in the southern states of India that are Hindu. They are from the Bania caste, which means they are just above the servile castes. They lack education, and many do not receive basic medical attention.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that believers will build good relationships with the Gadaria, helping them with physical needs, literacy, and introducing them to Christ. Pray that both Muslim and Hindu Gadaria communities will respond to the calling of the Holy Spirit. May they soon understand what Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:11-14).