Daily Topic for August 25, 2010

1 Peter 1:11
The Spirit of Christ in them…predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.

An important principle often observed in God’s Word is the relationship between suffering and glory; the two appear to be inseparable. Peter’s first epistle highlights this theme, and Paul elsewhere speaks of our light, momentary affliction producing an eternal weight of glory. We want to help disciple all the nations. But we must understand that this will come only as many are willing to sacrifice and suffer. Frontier missionaries must go to new fields, and zealous laymen must send, pray and give of their funds. Oh the glory, when we see new believers joining the company of the redeemed!

Pray that the Father will lead His workers through suffering into wonderful glory.

Dowaniya People

by GEC

Her dark eyes arrested me. She was perhaps seven years old, with short black hair, salmon colored dress, gray leggings and bare feet. Her black eyes inspected my every move. I saw her as I left my hotel in Assam. Our eyes locked. Her grandmother kept watch while she presented her wares: crafted wood items, handmade baskets and hand woven material. We were running late, so I could not shop. But I absorbed the details.

In our vehicle, I asked Paranjit, my host, who they were. “They dress differently than most Indians. Are they perhaps Buddhist?” He waggled his head in that unique Indian way as he smiled, “Very perceptive, sir. Yes, they are Buddhists. They are from the Dowaniya people. They are experts at making the handcrafts you saw. It is a very small group here in Assam. They speak their own language, although a few of them know Assamese and Hindi. They have their own Buddhist monks. These men direct all their rituals: births, weddings, funerals, and any others.” “Have you approached them with the gospel?” I asked. “No,” he said, “not yet. There are no materials in their language. And since they are such a small group, they keep very much to themselves.”

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Pray that believers in Assam will penetrate the barriers to reach the Dowaniya people. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of Dowaniya leaders to Christ. Pray for gospel recordings to be translated and recorded in their language.

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