Daily Topic for July 14, 2011

Colossians 1:14-19
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Without the knowledge of God the Father and His Son, peoples like the Central Huishui Miaos find explanations for creation as senseless as the theory of evolution. Someone will have to tell them the biblical truth, but there must be open hearts or the message will be rejected.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among the Central Huishui Miao people in such a way that they will find meaning and belonging with the God who created them when they hear the Word.

Central Huishui Miao (hway-shway-meow)

“Mankind came from a maple tree,” the old man said. “The tree became a butterfly, laid 12 eggs, and one of them hatched, giving birth to Jiangyang, our ancestor, the originator of the Miao peoples.” The children gathered around him. They watched with wide eyes as he continued, now relating the story in song. “Twelve eggs, one our father, the others giving birth to thunder, centipede, dragon, elephant, tiger, snake, rooster, dog, fish, and water buffalo.”
The Huishui Miao not only have an ancient way of communicating history and cultural legends (without a written language, they must use storytelling and song), but they also have an old, well-established belief system. For centuries they have lived in fear of demonic spirits, seeking out shamans to help appease them and gain their favor.

Out of a population of more than 65,000, there are only 300 known followers of Christ in this people group. Since they have no written language, there are no Scriptures available, No JESUS Film or gospel recordings have been prepared for their understanding.

The Huishui Miao will continue to teach their children about trees becoming butterflies. They will continue to cower before demonic powers until someone shares with them the truth about the ultimate power of the God who created every tree, butterfly, etc.

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Pray for God to raise up workers to tell them the true stories of the Savior that loves them so that they will put their faith in Him alone. Pray for the Lord to prepare the hearts of the Huishui Miao.—CL

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