Daily Topic for June 14, 2006

Ephesians 1:3
Praise be to...God, who has blessed us...with every spiritual blessing.

How grateful we are for the blessings the apostle details in this passage! Have we ever considered why God has blessed us? The immediate context suggests that we are blessed so others will “praise His glory” (Vs. 6, 12, 14). But what does that mean in our lives? God’s original covenant with Abraham promised him blessings, and those blessings were to be regarded as resources to carry out a mission to “bless all the families of the earth (Zech. 14:17).” Surely our blessings in Christ Jesus are not different. Blessings are not for us alone, but to equip us to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

Father, make us a blessing.

Buddhist Vietnamese People in Vanuatu

The man stood in the voting booth and read through the list of 238 candidates. Vanuatu, an island in the South Pacific, was electing a new parliament. He smiled when he saw the name of Dinh Van Than on the list. Mr. Than was Vietnamese like himself. He thought of how far the Vietnamese community had come during the last century. A hundred years ago his grandpa had often complained of low wages and late paychecks. He’d once had to go to court to collect his pay.

Vanuatu’s Vietnamese community has come a long way economically and politically during the last century, but their spiritual condition has remained unchanged. There are few if any who follow Jesus among them. Unlike the Vietnamese living in Vietnam, those living on Vanuatu have very few Roman Catholics among them. Almost all of them are Buddhist. There are only 900 Vietnamese people on Vanuatu, and that is less than one percent of the population. Because of their small numbers, they have been neglected by evangelistic efforts.

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Pray that the Evangelical churches of Vanuatu will develop a burden for reaching out to their Vietnamese neighbors with the message of salvation. Pray that the Holy Spirit will create a spiritual hunger among this people group. Rising incomes have made materialism a problem among the Vietnamese of Vanuatu. Pray that they will turn to Christ with all their hearts and not allow materialism to become an idol.-WK

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