Daily Topic for September 21, 2010

Genesis 12:2-3
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you . . . and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

The word blessing in the context of Genesis has a very profound meaning. What God is saying here to Abraham is that he has been adopted into His family and is now an heir to all the privileges associated with being His son. He is also called to be involved in the family enterprise which is global in scope: the redemption of all peoples and the adoption of all who are willing into the family of God. In Christ, we too have been made heirs of the blessings given to Abraham, and this assignment goes with it.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will impress upon Malayalee believers the awesome opportunity to call others to their Creator’s family.

Malayalees in Sri Lanka

by JS

After several decades of civil war, many residents of Sri Lanka long for peace and are doing all that they can to promote it. Sri Lanka is composed of many ethnic groups from its neighbor India and other South Asian nations.

The Malayalees are natives of India’s southwestern state of Kerala. Only a small minority of this group, an estimated 200 families, live in Sri Lanka. 75 Malayalee families live in its capital of Colombo, where they have organized the Colombo Malayalees Association (COMAL). Their goal is to encourage the many ethnic groups on the island to work together and respect each other.

October has traditionally been the time of the annual harvest festival, Onam, which has its origin in Hindu mythology. But today Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, wealthy and down-trodden alike, all celebrate Onam with equal fervor. One of COMAL’s goals is to integrate the Indian community in the country, especially those from Kerala. Besides celebrating musical and cultural activities, the group prays for peace and harmony in the insurgency hit island nation.

Kerala, the home state of the Malayalees, is the most densely populated state in India, and it has a strong Christian presence. Not only are there mission agencies in the state, but Kerala is a sending base for missionaries to other areas.

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Pray that believing Malayalees from Kerala would focus on their ex-pat community in Sri Lanka and share Christ with them.

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