Daily Topic for August 21, 2010

1 Peter 2:11
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

Do we see ourselves as aliens and strangers in the world today, or do we find, as another author observed, that this world is too much with us? Earthly-mindedness is a serious spiritual malady. An excellent antidote is to continually resubmit our lives to God’s eternal purpose to bring people from every nation to share in the marriage supper of the Lamb. Earthly attractions will have less allure for us when we are consumed by God’s own purposes and desires.

Pray that the Lord Jesus will teach us to see ourselves as He sees us—as aliens and strangers.

Sherpa People

by AK

“Eat more!” After the death of a loved one, the Sherpa people hold a Gyawa festival. There they eat all they can, for they believe the food they eat will nourish the one who died. Though the Sherpa people are Tibetan Buddhists, this is one of the few religious rites they practice.

Sherpas are better known than most Himalayan Mountain people groups. Their stamina and mountain climbing expertise provide them with valuable employment as mountain guides. People often refer to all such guides in the Himalayas as Sherpas, even though they may not be ethnic Sherpas. For example, a BBC News article from last April talks about “Sherpas” cancelling plans to scatter the ashes of a deceased explorer over the Himalayan Mountains because Buddhist lamas warned that it would bring bad luck. Are these people ethnic Sherpas, or mountain guides?

The Sherpa people grow potatoes as their dietary staple. Yaks supply wool clothing, leather shoes, milk, cheese, and dung for fuel and fertilizer. They drink sweetened tea and homemade rice-based beer.
In 1985, a Sherpa boy had a vision of Jesus. Gradually, his extended family received Jesus as Savior. The boy grew up, studied in a Bible school, and returned to pastor a church in a region near Mt. Everest. This small group enjoys portions of the Bible and some gospel recordings in their language.

Ask the Lord of the harvest to send qualified linguists and other Christian workers to the Sherpa people. Ask God to strengthen and encourage the few Sherpa believers.

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