Daily Topic for October 30, 2010

Proverbs 22:2
Rich and poor have this in common: 
The Lord is the Maker of them all.

This is one of the main differences between Hinduism and the Judeo-Christian tradition. They believe that the various communities came from the head, trunk, arms, or legs of Brahma. The Dalits are beneath all four groups! We believe that everyone was created by the Lord. This is very good news to Dalits who are viewed as being beneath all caste Hindus.

Pray that the gospel will give dignity to India’s Dalit communities, and will thus glorify Him.

Operation Mobilization (OM) India�s Dalit Work

by JS

A Chinese proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same truth applies to a woman. OM India’s development wing, OMIF, is applying this principle to its Economic Development Initiatives. Hundreds of Dalit women have become successful small-scale business entrepreneurs because of the program. Although they may be illiterate, these women are rich in wisdom, grit, and determination. They have proved that they have the skills to run a viable business and earn enough profits to lead a dignified life.

The Dalits are one of India’s lowest status communities, often called the untouchables. However, OMIF’s Self Help Groups (SHG) are reaching out to the desperately poor women, and through training, they are grasping basic financial concepts, saving money and contributing to SHG’s collective fund. They can then become eligible for personal loans. One Dalit woman used her loan to buy her husband a three-wheeled taxi. Almost immediately he began to earn a better income, and she quickly repaid the loan. She then qualified for another loan to open her own tailoring shop, This scenario is being replicated among hundreds of Dalit women.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for OM India’s efforts to lead thousands of Dalits to the One in whose name this ministry operates. Pray for OM India’s efforts to glorify the Lord and extend His Kingdom.

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