Daily Topic for October 16, 2010

Acts 17:29-30
Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.

This message which Paul gave to the Athenians speaks directly to anyone who worships idols. God is not like an inanimate object! He calls us to repent, or turn away from such things. Note also that Paul indicates that God is no longer overlooking such thinking.

Pray for the Sonars and other Hindu communities to repent, and turn to the only God worthy of their worship.

Sonar People

by PE

The International Christian worker gazed intently at the goldsmith’s work as he busily shaped golden idols for local Hindu customers. With over two million Hindu deities the goldsmith will never run short of subjects for his craft! A quiet voice spoke to the Christian’s heart. “The Sonar people make all the idols and ritual pieces for the Hindu homes and temples. What would happen if the Sonar people found Jesus?” The Christian was struck by the magnitude of the thought. Six and a half million Sonar people finding Christ and rejecting the making of false gods—it would send the Hindu world reeling!” “Let it be so, Lord, please let it be so,” he prayed.

Sonar means “worker in gold,” and crafting jewelry has been the caste’s trade for centuries, but recently mass-produced jewelry has swallowed their family businesses and has required new endeavors. Some Sonars pursue higher education, but idol-making still occupies the bulk of their work, making them indispensible to India’s Hindu population.

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Pray for the targeted missionary work of the Southern Baptists and others who are taking the gospel to the Sonar people. There is now a home church of 17 believers and others are being reached. Pray for a great soul-harvest among the Sonar community and a tremendous witness to the millions of Hindus of India as they see their idol makers turn to Christ and find eternal life. May there be thousands of souls born again into the kingdom of God!

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