Daily Topic for October 10, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5:5, NIV
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

Child of light, you cannot avoid darkness, because the god of this world has made it unavoidable. So live in light, live in Jesus, the light of the world, and you will continuously attack the darkness, defeat the darkness, overcome the darkness, and obliterate the darkness with the knowledge of His light, until the darkness has no place left to hide!

Ansaris in Tamil Nadu

by KH

(This story illustrates the attitudes of this people group.)
Sheram, an Ansari patriarch, said, “We have lived in this house for generations. Our relatives live on this street. Family members work together in the weaving business, and our children grow up together. Allah has blessed us; we even have our own mosque up the street. Allah has taught us to do good deeds. This may allow us some day to be in paradise.”
The Ansari population in Tamil Nadu is around 30,000. They are primarily artisans by trade; mostly poor and pre-literate. The weaving of silk is a common trade skill for them, although Ansaris are involved in a wide range of small businesses. They often trade with Dari tailors and other Muslim merchants. Ansari women are noted for wearing bangles and beads. In some communities, they wear glass bangles, signifying that they are married.
The Ansaris widely accept food and drink from other communities, signifying they are lower in the caste system. They practice Islamic laws, though folk Islamic practices are common among them. Though Christian resources abound in their Urdu language, there are almost no followers of the Lord Jesus among them.

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Pray that Ansari people will come to see that their good deeds and friendliness will not be enough to give them a place in paradise. Pray that clear witnesses, disciplers, and church planters will soon move among them, establishing them in the truth of God’s word.

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