Daily Topic for May 08, 2011

Romans 2:13
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

This verse is very similar to James 1:22, which states, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” Missionary conferences, mission weekends at churches, and mission emphasis weeks at Bible colleges are wonderful in raising awareness of the needs on today’s mission fields. However, some believers seem to think that if they attend these special meetings, they have fulfilled their duty. Not so! Each Christian needs to play some active part in the Great Commission, whether through giving, praying faithfully, going as missionaries themselves, or sending others.

Pray that many will take up the challenge of reaching out to the reachable Assamese Hindus in Texas.

Assamese Hindus in Texas

by JS

If you feel God’s call to witness to Indians, you do not need to travel half way around the globe or get a passport. If you live in urban Texas, the world has come to your neighborhood; India has come, and specifically the unreached Assamese are in your midst! Texas is home to about 1,000 Indians from Assam, a state that is situated north of Bangladesh in India’s northeastern corner.

The Assamese live mainly around the urban areas of Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and Houston. Indian immigrants have thrived in Texas because many of them are highly educated in needed fields. Most of the early Indian immigrants came during the Viet Nam War when there was a need for physicians and engineers because many young American males were fighting in the war. During the 1990s, some young Assamese individuals in the field of computers came to work directly in the U.S. Today there are a number of cultural organizations that provide opportunities for Assamese families to gather and hold events together.

Christian professionals have many opportunities to befriend their Assamese colleagues, and churches need to reach out to this South Asian community. A few Assamese are followers of Christ, though most are Hindu or Muslim.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Indian believers in Texas to be compelled by the Holy Spirit to witness to their unbelieving countrymen. Pray for local churches to include the Assamese in their mission outreach.

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