Daily Topic for August 13, 2010

Colossians 2:8
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

Some may wonder how the Loba people came to believe that ancient artwork is so much more important than daily needs like electricity, running water and irrigation systems. Their Buddhist beliefs include the concept of karma, which leads them to believe that whatever they reaped in past lives they are sowing in this one. In practical terms, this means fatalism. Though Christ never preached health and wealth, He made it clear that we don’t have to stay in the same spiritual ruts as our ancestors.

Pray that the Loba people will recognize that they can enjoy a better life if they put their faith in Christ.

Lobo People of Nepal

by PD

The isolated Mustang region of Nepal means “Plain of Aspiration,” and to the estimated 26,000 Loba people who live there it is a daily reminder of their longing to achieve “enlightenment” through their Buddhist beliefs. This spiritual longing is so deep that when visitors were finally allowed into the Mustang’s region in 1991 the King’s first plea to the outsiders for help was to save the Buddhist wall paintings on their ancient monasteries. He said, “Saving the art would save the people, because without their spiritual cultural identity they had nothing.” His priority overshadowed the fact that these people lacked adequate food, healthcare, education, and jobs. The secular NGOs were allowed to help with the social needs as long as they brought in artists to train the Lobos to restore their ancient Buddhist monasteries.

The efforts have given some social relief to the people, although most of them continue to live in mud houses without electricity, indoor plumbing or running water. Irrigation advancements have contributed to their ability to grow more barley, potatoes and buckwheat. Some Loba people go to Pokhara or Kathmandu during the difficult winters, often trading items made by the women. Tourists can now visit Mustang with Lobo people conducting hiking/horse riding treks.

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Pray the gospel message will be available in the Lobo language. Pray that Christian visitors and Nepalese believers will spend time with the Lobo people, share their lord with them, so they will know that their true “enlightenment” is the saving grace of Jesus.

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