Daily Topic for July 23, 2010

2 Thessalonians 1:3
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.

The Apostle Paul was deeply thankful for the Thessalonians, especially for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It certainly brings great blessing and joy after many years on the mission field for a missionary to see his disciples walk in the light they have received. It signifies that the missionary’s labor in the Lord has not been in vain. Such a testimony is also a great blessing to those who first planted the seed, for they recognize that it is God who works to produce lasting fruit.

Pray that the work of missionaries among the Mongour people will result in lasting fruit.

Mongour People

by JWS

Unwed Mongour women over 15 are allowed to take in lovers while still living with their parents, and any children born to them become members of their mother’s family. Older unwed women are allowed to save face by bearing illegitimate children (www.prayway.com). “During child delivery, the mother and baby stay confined to a room for one month. Men are barred from entry; only the closest female relatives are allowed to enter.” (www.joshuaproject.net). Unmarried women declare their status by wearing their hair in a single ponytail.

Many Mongour people are Buddhist, and some practice traditional Chinese religions. They have two types of shamans. The “white shaman” is consulted in times of sickness, while the “black shaman” wreaks vengeance upon a person’s enemy. The kurtain is another important religious figure. This is a person who allows himself to be possessed by an evil Daoist spirit.

There are no Christian resources in the Mongour language. The JESUS Film has not been produced in Mongour. No Christian broadcasts or gospel recordings exist for them yet. No mission agencies work among them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send qualified linguists to translate the Bible and other materials into their language. Pray for a mission agency to target these least reached people. Pray for radio broadcasts in the Mongour language. Pray for Han Chinese believers to go as Christ’s compassionate ambassadors to these people who need to experience His abundant life.

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