Daily Topic for August 16, 2010

Psalm 121:1, 2
I lift my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Every day when the peoples of the Himalayan Mountains like the Gromas go out their front door, they see the beauty and the majesty of the True God’s creation. Little do they know that it is the creator of these beautiful mountains that provides all the help they need!

Pray for the Groma people to understand their need for help from the One who created beauty all around them.

Groma People

by JR

“Take a piece of paper in your hand. Crumple it up and then open your hand and let it fall out. Nothing is flat—all you have are high points and low depressions…” This is how a Catholic missionary, Monsieur L’Abbe’ Desgondins, described the region where the Groma people live.

The Ethnologue refers to a 1993 source that states there are 12,840 speakers of Groma living in southern Tibet.

The lifestyle of the Gromas is quite similar to that of most Tibetans. They herd yaks, sheep, and goats. Most of the daily work is done by the women, and the men spend their days drinking and gambling with their friends.

The Groma people practice Tibetan Buddhism. The more devoted followers undertake pilgrimages to holy sites. There are also many animistic rituals related to spirit propitiation that are strictly adhered to by the Groma.

Christianity is virtually nonexistent in their communities. What little missionary activity there is has resulted in the persecution of Christians. Converts have not forgotten the Christian who was sewn into a fresh yak skin by merciless shaman priests and placed in the hot sun until the contraction of the skin squeezed his life out of him.

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Pray that the gospel will be made meaningful to the Gromas by God’s people who visit them. Pray for breakthroughs among the Groma people. Pray that the persecuted believers will glorify Christ.

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