Daily Topic for July 12, 2011

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
…They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

Everywhere today men live in bondage, serving their idols in fear and uncertainty. They are ignorant of their Creator—the God who loves them to the point of sending His only Son to die for their sins, that they might be delivered from this bondage. Whoever will call upon the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him…of whom they have never heard, and how can they hear without a preacher…?

Pray that God will raise up workers to show the Eastern Ghao-Xong the narrow way of Christ that leads to everlasting life.

Eastern Ghao-Xong (gaow-shong)

A cluster of three-storied houses stands on stilts near the peak of the steep mountainside in northeastern Hunan Province. The people who live in these homes are from the Eastern Ghao-Xong group. The top floor of each home is for grain, the bottom has animals, and the family lives in between. They worship a god called Pan Hu, a dragon dog whom they believe gave birth to their race. The Ghao-Xongs also believe in spirits. Many contend that a god inhabits the door to their home. To honor this god they hold a ceremony each year where they sacrifice a pig and sprinkle his blood on the doorposts of their home.

In addition to an abundance of gods, Eastern Ghao-Xong also venerate their ancestors. Shamans serve in a variety of roles, mainly centering around learning why some misfortune has come to a family. A sickness might indicate the need for more sacrifices to a god or different sacrifices to a different god. Education remains minimal and health services are virtually non-existent for this people group. They have a much smaller population than their Western branch.

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Pray that nearby communities of believers would tell them about the Lamb who was slain, whose blood sprinkled on the door of our hearts cleanses us from all sin. Pray that the shamans would prove receptive to the message of Christ and direct people to the King of Kings.

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