Daily Topic for September 29, 2008
Joseph’s perspective on the sovereignty of God gave him a powerful lens through which to interpret both his life and world history itself. Scripture tells us that in Christ the same perspective Joseph had is assured for us today: God causes all things to work together for good . . . to those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). That purpose is to bring the blessing of a covenant relationship with the Creator God to every nation, tribe, people, and language. When we are walking in the light of that purpose we can be sure to always have the proper perspective on everything that happens in our lives and in our world.
Pray that God’s redemptive plan for every frontier people might be fully realized in our generation.
Found throughout India, the Khatik community began as hunters and butchers, though some claim warrior caste origin. Because they once handled carcasses, they are among the lowest in the Hindu social system. Some castes will not eat or drink with them. Today, most are in animal husbandry, agriculture, service industries, and government agencies. Clan leaders and law vary, but are always controlling factors in maintaining social cohesion and discipline. Their marriages are endogamous. Most speak Hindi, but many speak regional languages, often with Hindi as a second language. Because they value education, about 50 percent of their populace is literate. Literacy rates are higher among men than among women.
Their cultural and religious history suggests they are open to change. Professional ties can cross religious, clan, and caste barriers. Although the majority is Hindu, some are Sikhs or Muslims. Some converted away from Hinduism to avoid caste discrimination. Whether Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims, their practices are often tinged with Animism. Those who decide to follow Christ can be disciplined, ostracized or excommunicated. Fewer than five percent are Christian of any form. Some Scripture portions and The JESUS Film are available in some languages spoken by Khatik Dalits. For most, however, there are no evangelistic media available.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for ministries that meet felt needs, for increased literacy, especially for women; and for Bible distribution and showing the JESUS Film in their communities. Pray for churches to adopt the Khatiks. Pray for a caste-wide breakthrough for the gospel.-TP
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