Daily Topic for July 12, 2008
Many scholars have identified this verse as part of an early Christian hymn or liturgy. This hymn is a good example of the missionary emphasis found throughout the worship of the early church: “Christ was preached among the nations.” How clearly can we see God’s missionary heart in the worship of our churches today?
Gracious Lord, give us a clearer vision of Yourself as the Missionary God. May our worship reflect Your character and concerns.
Mecawa sat drinking tea and watching a Taiwanese love story on DVD. Her older brother, Figero, walked into the room and began to scold her. “You are so lazy! All you ever do is watch DVDs and listen to CDs! We should send you to Hong Kong so you can spend all your money on that junk! I bet you haven’t even done your homework yet.” The teenaged girl just shrugged, and said, “So what. I like to watch the cute boys in these movies.”
These teenagers are from the Deng people, a group that a Chinese government-based web site describes as being lovers of modern entertainment. Those who can afford them buy lots of things for home entertainment.
In this same web site, the government claims that 90 percent of the Deng children are receiving an education. That means less time watching movies!
The 10,000 Deng people of Tibet have rejected efforts from their Tibetan neighbors to convert them to Buddhism. Yet many Deng people outwardly observe Buddhist rituals, according to “Operation China.”
Until recently there have been no Deng believers either in Tibet or in other parts of China. Some tourists won a Deng tour guide to faith, and he in turn won his nuclear family to Jesus as well.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that this family will be a source of light to their Deng neighbors. Pray that God will empower them to share His supernatural love in such a way that hundreds of Deng people will make Christ lord of their lives.-KC
Next day: Xibe Peoples of China
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