Daily Topic for May 18, 2011

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

We hope for the glory to be revealed to us in eternity, and we wait for it patiently. We must persevere and go on, believing that it will happen. We must also believe that there will be a Church for those peoples who don’t yet have one in their cultural sphere. We must follow the Great Commission and tell others about Christ until every Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Animistic, and Hindu people group has a church community of its own.

Pray for more missionaries and leaders who will hope for what we do not yet have—a Church for every people!

Sikhs in Austin

by JWS

What would you do if you lived in an expensive home in a residential subdivision, and a religious group erected an aluminum commercial building on the lot next to yours? Would you sue? That’s what John and Leslie Bollier did in a suburb of Austin, Texas. According to a Wall Street Journal story from Aug. 10, 2010, a group of 60 Sikh families purchased a lot with a mobile home on it. They began to use the trailer for their worship services. No one objected. When a new commercial building began to go up, residents sued the Sikhs for violating the rules of the subdivision that state that only single-family residences may be built in that location.

The Sikh group was startled to learn of the lawsuit. Their leader, Harnek Bains said, “We were not expecting a law suit from any … person we had not met—a person we had never even heard a complaint from.” The Sikh congregation had filed building plans and obtained all the necessary permits from the city. They did not violate any property zoning laws. They were simply unaware of the subdivision’s rules. A trial court judge ruled in favor of the Sikhs, and they resumed building. The Bolliers appealed. The decision was later overturned in a Texas appellate court, but the building was already completed. Now the Sikhs are faced with the prospect of razing their new building.

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Amid all this turmoil, pray that the Sikhs would find the peace that passes all understanding in the person of Jesus.

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