Daily Topic for September 24, 2011

Psalm 19:8a, 10b
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart… They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

Like other peoples who are separated from Christ, the Halwais do not know the precepts of the Lord. How can they know if no one tells them? And how can they know the goodness and sweetness of Him if they do not have His Word?

Pray that soon someone will make sure Halwai people have their own Christian radio broadcasts. Pray for gospel recordings to be distributed far and wide in their communities.

Halwai People of Nepal

by GEC

Her hands seem permanently stained with a saffron tint. Since before dawn Sabnam spent the day mixing and molding balls of laddu. This is a dessert made from chickpea flour, ghee (clarified butter), sugar, and chopped nuts. She colors the dessert with saffron. Now she collapses on a seat under the shade. The crowds have left her stall to go to the temple. This is the feast of Dashain in Nepal, when the local Hindus worship the goddess Durga. To honor the deity, pilgrims bought sweetmeats from Sabnam and the other Halwai people along the route.

“Why do you make desserts?” I ask. “It is what our people do,” she says. “Our name, Halwai, comes from the word for sweet. So we all make sweets, although we also make other snacks that can be slightly spicy.” For this festival she knew that laddu would be the favorite.

Sabnam is part of the Muslim Halwai community, a group of only a few hundred in Nepal, but they form part of a larger group that lives in India and Pakistan. Most Halwais are Hindu, though a sizeable portion converted to Islam. Christian resources are available to just about all of the Halwais.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Sabnam and her Halwai group will taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray that the Holy Spirit will call believers to witness to Halwai Muslims of the sweet Savior.

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