Daily Topic for April 28, 2012
All of us sin each day, and we need forgiveness. Our sins are an offense to the One who created us, the only One with the power to forgive. People groups everywhere, including the Chhatyals, understand that blood sacrifice is needed for sin to be forgiven. But without knowing what happened on Calvary 2,000 years ago, such groups will continue to sacrifice livestock instead of looking to Christ’s eternal sacrifice.
Pray for the Chhatyal people to soon realize that God’s only son paid for their sins once and for all.
Aadi watched as his father cornered the hen. Grabbing it by the neck, his father quickly slaughtered the bird with the sharp, curved sword. Aadi was sure that someday he too would sacrifice animals. Someday, when he was grown up, he would chase down a chicken or a sheep and sacrifice it to Barah. Smiling at this thought, he followed his father into the house where his mother was waiting to prepare the hen for their feast. Aadi knew that eating it would protect their family from evil.
Aadi is from Nepal’s Chhatyal Hindu community. They believe in many gods. They also believe nature and their ancestors are spirits that must be kept happy. Going to the temple, worshipping at altars in their homes, and making sacrifices are how they keep the gods at bay. Many of them also incorporate facets of Buddhism into their practices.
What about those who have left their native Nepal? Thousands now live in cities such as London. Many have begun adopting Western values.
Even in London, however, the Chhatyal continue to be separated from God. They are an unreached people group residing in the middle of a city with a strong Christian heritage, waiting to be reached.
Pray for the Chhatyal people to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. Pray for translators to produce a Bible for them in their heart language.
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