Daily Topic for September 26, 2010

Romans 15:20
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.”

The Adi Dravida community adds a confusing aspect to this verse. The Adi Dravidas speak Tamil, a language spoken by many Christians for hundreds of years. There are Tamil speaking pastors and missionaries. Yet the Adi Dravidas are isolated from these Tamil-speaking groups. Is it best for Tamil speaking Christians to reach them, or some from other groups?

Pray for God’s hand-picked servants to go to the Adi Dravida community in Sri Lanka.

Adi Dravida People of Sri Lanka

by MB

In 1995, an Indian Supreme Court ruling declared that since the Hindu religion does not subscribe to any one dogma or follow any one set of religious rites, it should be broadly described as a way of life and nothing more. This makes a movement of Hindus coming to Christ very difficult to define or measure since there are religious Hindus, socio-political Hindus, cultural Hindus, etc.

What happens when the Hindu “way of life” clashes with the way of Christ? Sahana is one of five followers of Christ in her Adi Dravida village who learns the answer day by day. Her people understand Tamil, a language spoken by many Christians in India and Sri Lanka. There is even a modern Tamil Bible. Yet it is very difficult for Sahana to share the good news of Jesus Christ with her Tamil speaking friends and neighbors from her own Adi Dravida community. To them, “Christianity” is for people from other castes. But they need Christ, not the religious system called “Christianity.”

The need is great for missionaries to introduce the Way of Christ to every tribe, tongue, ethnicity, and caste in Sri Lanka. The apostle Paul made it his aim to preach the gospel where the message of Christ had not yet been heard, lest he build on the foundation of another (Rom. 15:20).

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Pray for those with the same heart as Paul to go to the least reached peoples of Sri Lanka like the Adi Dravidas.

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