Daily Topic for October 15, 2010

2 Corinthians 8:1-4
And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

Giving is a privilege that most Bania people do not experience. Though many Hindu communities understand this, the Banias are noted for hording rather than giving.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to direct these wealthy and prominent people to give to worthy causes that will enrich them and India as a whole.

Bania People

by NW

When we think of power, control and wealth, we usually think of the adult world. Yet in the life of the Bania people of India, power and control is taught at a very young age. This way of living permeates everyday life and is easily absorbed by young children. The act of giving is non-existent in Bania communities. Their lack of giving helps them maintain an elite position generation after generation. About 6,500,000 Bania people live in India, mostly in the northern states.

The Bania people are totally absorbed in materialism and consumerism. This is intertwined with the Hindu religion. They have no fear of death since they are taught that they will be reincarnated to a higher position in the next life. This belief confirms to the Banias that the life they live as bankers, moneylenders, or dealers in groceries and spices is only the beginning. The reincarnated life will give them even more.

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Pray for Banias to be released from spiritual deception. Ask the Lord to send believers to the Bania people to carry the message of the gospel. Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of Bania community leaders to receive Christ. Pray that they will be given the gospel, and in turn, give it to others. Pray that Bania believers will be generous with those in need so that Christ will be glorified among India’s Hindu communities.

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