Daily Topic for March 03, 2011

John 4:35
Do you not say, “Four months more and then the harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes, and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

Jesus likened the spiritual responsiveness of the Samaritan woman and her community to fields ripe for immediate harvest by alert workers. These words to His disciples are still applicable for us today. Can we see? Are our eyes opened? Fields are ripe for the harvest among the Daur people. Surely today, in analyzing the responsiveness of our world to the gospel, in realizing that the numbers of evangelical Christians are growing at a faster rate than those of non-believers, we must recognize the spiritual receptivity of hundreds upon hundreds of human societies. Are we willing to pray for a full harvest when the people are receptive to evangelistic tools like the JESUS Film?

Pray that the Church’s eyes will be open to see how to bring in the complete harvest.

Daur People in Russia and China

by KC

“What was that all about?” asked Vladimir to his friend Boris as he watched a young Daur man race away on a horse after giving them pastries, meat and wine. “Maybe he thinks he’s Father Frost (Santa Claus), and he’s running late for Christmas.” Vladimir’s puzzled expression turned into a smile, and he replied, “Merry Christmas! Let’s have some breakfast.” The two Russians began to enjoy the unexpected meal given to them by the young man.

What they didn’t know was that the young man was from the Daur people group and was going to get married that very day. On the morning he gets his bride, a groom is expected to give meat, wine and pastries to whomever he sees on the way, even if he doesn’t know them. Most of the Daur people live in China, so the Russians can be excused for not knowing why a stranger would give them free food.
Like all the people groups we will pray for this month, the Daur rely on shamans to interact with the spirit world on their behalf. Their homeland is close to Mongolia, and some of them have adapted the Mongolian’s Tibetan Buddhism. The JESUS Film is in their language, and about 1,000 of them have put their faith in Christ. According to the Joshua Project, in 1997 the infant Daur Church faced persecution, but most of them remained true to their Lord.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that many Daur people, in Russia as well as those in China, will embrace Christ.

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