Daily Topic for September 15, 2011

Mark 1:6
John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

John the Baptist and Elijah were both great prophets. They are the only two men in the Bible who were described as wearing leather belts. As insignificant as this may sound, it might seem important to someone from a caste that is looked down upon because they work with leather. You will certainly not find respected Hindu leaders in South Asia dressed with leather belts or shoes. Perhaps these are things that seem insignificant to you and me in the Bible, but they might draw unreached peoples like the Chamars to their King.

Pray for workers to understand how to use the Word in such a way as to draw peoples to the God of the Bible.

Muslim Chamars in Nepal

by JR

It seems that every class of people has been despised and discriminated against at some time, and the Chamar Muslims of Nepal are no exception. Being a minority religious group in a primarily Hindu country, Muslim Chamars in Nepal know what discrimination feels like. Their name derives from Chamakara, meaning “a worker in leather.” In South Asia people say the Chamars, be they Hindu or Muslim, are criminally minded and unintelligent. Such beliefs should be expected regarding those who process leather in a land where Hinduism teaches people to venerate cattle.

Most Chamar Muslims in Nepal make their homes in the area of Janakpur in the southern part of the country, not far from the Indian border. This is a rugged, mountainous area that requires great vigor and endurance. Muslim Chamar women are known for their beauty. Many of them work as midwives. Chamars seek marriage partners from outside their own clan, but within their own community. Adult marriage is the norm among Muslim Chamars. They do not have child brides.

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Pray that the Church will begin reaching out to the Chamar Muslims in Nepal and India. Pray that the Chamar Muslims themselves will not be “biased” against the claims of Christ, but will thoughtfully consider what He said in His Word. Pray for a major people movement to Jesus within Chamar communities.

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