Daily Topic for October 14, 2010

1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Though the Jats have been wealthy for many generations, many of their families are now becoming even wealthier because of land sales. It would be very easy for them to be so distracted by wealth that they become spiritually dull.

Pray for a spiritual richness to come to Jat communities as we enter this new decade.

Jat People

by JWS

According to a March 20, 2010 article in the New York Times, conspicuous consumption is the name of the game for the Jat people in India. No longer is a limo impressive enough to display the wealth of India’s newly rich farmers from the Jat community. Instead, a roaring helicopter transported Mr. Yadav’s son to his wedding in the next village, two miles away. The groom stepped out of the helicopter wearing a garland made of 100 rupee notes.

Mr. Yadav received $109,000 for three acres of land at the outskirts of New Delhi. As the city expands, more and more Jat farmers are cashing in their ancestral lands and buying land further out to continue farming. Hired men do the farming now that Mr. Yadav can afford to hire workers to farm his three acres. Now a man of leisure, Mr. Yadav has purchased his first car, taken his first cruise, and spent about $13,000 on his son’s wedding. The rental helicopter alone cost over $8,000.

Historically courageous members of the military, most Jats became landowners and farmers. They don’t mingle with other people groups, and they are suspicious of Christian workers, making them difficult to reach with the gospel.

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Pray that Jats would turn from such meaningless conspicuous consumption to the true worth that lies within Jesus Christ. Pray the scales would drop from their eyes.

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