Daily Topic for August 23, 2012
People of all nations are accountable to the Lord for everything they do. It’s very easy for the nations to ignore Him, worship other gods, and live as they want without any thought for eternal consequences. Some Jatupu people are wealthy farmers. This gives them a certain amount of power to exploit others less fortunate. Will they look to the Lord, or do what is only expedient for their own needs?
Pray that God will open up their hearts in such a way that they will acknowledge Him, and learn, honor and obey His Word.
Numbering 158,000, most Jatapus no longer speak Jatapu. Instead they speak Telugu, the Dravidian language of their neighbors. They live in southeast India in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa, where some are wealthy farmers or forest laborers. Other Jatapus work in local and federal government agencies.
The Jatapu people marry by elopement, consent, or like the biblical Jacob, the man may work for the family of his fianc�e before marrying her and setting up house. As a rule, fathers are loving parents.
Most Jatapus are Hindus who worship various deities, though they do not have idols. The Jatapu god is Jackerama, and his shrine is found in each Jatapu village. Only about 1.6 percent of the Jatapus are Christian, but the Telugu Bible and JESUS Film are available to them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
We must pray for mission agencies and local believers to lovingly and specifically reach out to this unreached people group. Pray for intercessors to regularly pray for the Jatapu people to embrace the Savior. Pray for the salvation of “men of peace” who can open the Jatapu community to the gospel and its agents.-TP
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