Daily Topic for July 06, 2010

2 Tim. 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This is a difficult question for Bible translators: Do you translate the Scriptures for those whose language is dying out like the Manchus? This is a group that is merging with the Han Chinese majority, and most of them speak Mandarin, the language of the Hans. Nevertheless, this large minority group is far more resistant to the gospel than the Han Chinese peoples. What will it take for them to accept the God-breathed Scriptures?

Pray that the Manchus will embrace God’s Word, whether they read it in Mandarin or in their own dying language.

Manchu People

by MB

Manchu culture is becoming obsolete. This is certainly not because the people themselves are dying out because they are China’s second largest minority. Rather, their language and customs are increasingly becoming like those of their Han Chinese neighbors. Traditional Manchu dress is used only for tourist performances. Some studies state that there are under 1,000 Manchus today who still speak the native tongue. The majority of the people group speaks Mandarin Chinese. A history of rich cultural traditions for family and child rearing is being forgotten. Yet while Manchu culture is dying out, their population continues to increase as some Manchus have begun calling themselves Han after the Chinese majority.
Although the Manchu people are losing their cultural identity, there is still a critical need for missionaries to tell them about the true and living God. This largely non-religious people have had both Catholic and Protestant missionary efforts in the past, but extreme persecution and torture have left only 10,000 scattered Manchus meeting in Chinese churches. Since the total population of Manchu people is over 13 million, this is less than a tenth of one-percent who know of their true identity in Christ. Even in the midst of a difficult situation, many Manchus came to Christ in the 1990s as a result of the Heilongjiang Revival.

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Pray that the Church would respond to this global missionary need by sending laborers to the Manchu people.

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