Daily Topic for October 11, 2011

Judges 6:15
”But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

Today we might say that Gideon had a problem with his self-image. His argument sounds familiar: I can’t serve the Lord because I’m a nobody! The Bible and 2000 years of church history remind us that God is in the business of taking nobodies and getting His work done through them. He often chooses the unlikely person because God’s power is made perfect in weakness. Do you feel that the task of evangelizing across cultural barriers is too hard? Are you convinced that God could never use you to penetrate a frontier? He can—and He will if you are simply available. The greatest ability is availability.

Pray that we can see ourselves and the world through His eyes. Pray that you will clearly understand what God wants to do through you.

Sansi Sikhs

by PE

On a world map a 60,000-person village would probably not rate the tiniest of dots to represent it. If those 60,000 people were scattered over a broad range, where would the mapmaker place the dot? And what if these 60,000 people were continually moving from place to place? No dot, no representation, no home, no roots; these 60,000 Sansi people would be nearly invisible to the outside world.
But the Lord Almighty knows every Sansi person, and must surely weep for the desperate and criminal lifestyle they live. Cattle thievery and petty crimes support their families, and living in the shadows of near invisibility suits that existence just fine. However, their victims sometimes become violently angry, and life then becomes dangerous for this criminal nomadic group.
Their language is endangered because they only speak it among themselves, and there are so few of them. They are considered an “untouchable” caste, and government designs to settle them in one place have been thwarted by their continual habit of selling or bartering any land that is given to them.

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Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit to transform Sansi communities so that they will do productive work rather than stealing. Pray that the Lord will call workers as gentle as doves but as sly as foxes to be able to identify with the Sansi Sikhs and share the way to eternal and abundant life with these precious black sheep.

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