Daily Topic for September 09, 2012

Philippians 3:13-14
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Is the prize, the upward calling, the focus of our lives? If so, then let us pursue the goal. What is this goal which God has established and which Paul describes? It is an increasingly intimate knowledge of Himself in which we experience the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings (v. 10). Such an experience and knowledge of God will inevitably lead us into sacrificial service for the peoples of the earth-the men and women for whom Jesus died.

Pray that the Lord will lead us into a sweeter knowledge of Jesus and His love.

Mehar People

by KC

“Those dirt smudges on your face make you look like a Bollywood star! Will you be singing tonight in Mumbai?” Sheila’s jab at her husband’s younger brother, Konkti, made him blush, look down at the floor, and dab with a towel at the dirt he collected on his face during the soccer match. Barely holding back a laugh, Sheila started in on him again. “You and your Bollywood princess can belt it out with matching dirt marks and untied shoes. Then you can´┐Ż” Sheila stopped suddenly. She looked at the floor and pretended to not be saying anything as her sister-in-law entered the room. Soon after, her mother in law came in, and Sheila quietly slipped out of the room. Konkti started to laugh. His mother asked him “What is so funny?”

What happened here? These people are from the Mehar group, a low Hindu caste of 68,000 that lives mainly in Rajasthan. Mehars have what anthropologists call a “joking relationship” with the younger siblings of the opposite sex. They must be serious and behave themselves with the older sibling of their own gender. And if their mother in law shows up, they will probably leave the room out of deference. “People of India: Rajasthan” by K.S. Singh gives all the details.

The Mehar people are 100 percent Hindu according to the Joshua Project. They need the presence of Christ in their communities.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for His presence to bless the homes, villages, and communities of the Mehar people.

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