Daily Topic for July 09, 2011

Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Though Jesus was referring to those inside the body of Christ, this is still an excellent invitation to those who do not yet have a relationship with Him. At present, the Southern Hmus view their front doors as an important place for spirits to enter. However, these spirits are destructive. If they would only allow Jesus to enter! At present, the Southern Hmus have not accepted Christ’s invitation to enter the door of their hearts or homes.

Pray for a spiritual awakening that will lead many of these people to allow Jesus to have a place in their homes.

Southern Hmu (h-moo)

Young Pao sat on his haunches while the feeble chanting of his father, “We worship thee, O Door,” lulled him to sleep even as the sun rose behind the green mountains. “Ahem!” the father cleared his throat and Pao briefly opened his heavy eyelids to join his father in his invocation. Father and son chanted in chorus, “Keep away sickness, keep away disease, keep away slander, and all that is injurious.” As the other members of the household slowly woke up one by one, stretching themselves after the previous night’s slumber, Pao and his father ambled to bed after their night-long vigil.

The Southern Hmus of China are animistic worshipers of ancestors. On the day of the annual Door Festival, they perform sacrifices to the door of their homes. The father and oldest son of every household invoke the protection of the door by chanting prayers all night long. Even though the message of the gospel has been made available to them since the 1600s and they have the New Testament in their language, there are only a small number of believers.

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Pray that God would raise from among his people missionaries who would take the message of salvation through Christ to a people who desperately need to know that Christ alone brings hope to alleviate the sufferings of this life and the life to come.

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