Daily Topic for August 30, 2010

Revelation 21:4b
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Imagine what that would be like for Tibetan Buddhist peoples like Nupbis! Many of these people are very familiar with death and the grisly aftermath of a hopeless funeral. They too are invited to become part of God’s kingdom where such nightmares are gone forever.

Pray that many from the Nupbi people will put their faith in the One who has conquered death, so that they will never have to experience the horrors that surround those who perish without Christ.

Nupbi People

by JS

The Nupbi, a small group of only 2000, live in central Bhutan, separated from both east and west by high mountain passes. Their unique language has been described as archaic. The Nupbis are part of the Eastern Tibetan branch of Tibeto-Burman family of languages.

They are known for practicing sky burial, in which a dead person’s corpse is taken to the top of a hill, cut into pieces with an axe and left for vultures and other birds of prey to devour. In 2003, two young American travelers stumbled across a sky burial and described it as the worst thing they have ever seen. The Americans saw at least 80 vultures sitting a 100 feet away from the ceremony, waiting for their meal. Many Tibetan Buddhist cultures practice a form of this kind of burial.

As the priests hack up the body, throwing parts into the air to attract the vultures, they scream vulture-like sounds as the birds descend upon the carnage. It is fair to say this ceremony is demonic.

For centuries the Nupbis have lived and died without the slightest knowledge of the gospel, their bodies devoured by birds of prey. The Nupbis need to be delivered from the demonic hold Satan has upon them.

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Pray for bold believers to share with them the gospel of Christ. Pray that they will forsake such evil practices when they hear of the One who can offer them an abundant life if they will only accept it.

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