Daily Topic for September 16, 2011

Genesis 10:32
These are the clans of Noah's sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.

In Genesis chapter 10 we have a record of the first global listing of unreached peoples. If there was any doubt about the universality of the Bible message, this chapter lays it to rest. The Bible is a book about God’s concern for all the peoples of the world. It begins here and ends in Revelation 7:9 with representatives from every nation, tribe, people, and language worshiping the Lamb. You might say that one of the main purposes of the Bible is to document the progress of God’s plan to redeem a people from all the groups as shown in the Bible from Genesis 10 to Revelation 7. We are still somewhere in between, but a lot closer to Revelation 7 than we have ever been!

Pray for the speedy culmination of God’s purposes in the final frontiers of the Great Commission.

Mochi Muslims

by JR

If you were to purchase any sort of saddle or leather shoes in the area of northern India and Nepal, chances are good that it was put together by a Mochi. The name “Mochi” comes from the Sanskrit mochika and the Hindi word Mojna which mean “to fold.” While the Chamars would do the initial slaughtering and preparation of the cattle hide, the Mochis are the ones who typically do the finishing work on the leather items.

In Hindu cultures like we find in Nepal, people are given low status for doing menial or unpleasant work, especially anything having to do with dead animals. This attitude spills over to the Muslim peoples. For this reason, the Chamars have very low status. The Mochis are somewhat more respected than the Chamars. There has been a long running competition between the two groups for superiority. However, in some areas the two groups are indistinguishable.

Educational standards are quite low for the Mochis with the literacy rate at no more than 15 per cent. Their customs allow for polygamy, but they do not widely practice it. Sons usually marry at around age 17, while daughters marry sooner. Mochis usually marry off their daughters earlier than Chamars.

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Pray that the Church will begin connecting with Mochi Muslims. Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi Muslims.

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