Daily Topic for August 21, 2012
Such verses have been twisted by Communists who believe that the Bible teaches that we will have our needs met “in the sweet bye and bye.” That isn’t what this verse says at all. There is no guarantee that the poor of this world will be saved any more than there is a guarantee that the wealthy will not be saved. But the humility that they experience from being poor often prepares them for accepting His grace and mercy.
Pray that the poverty-stricken Vaddar people will have the opportunity to hear the gospel. Pray that God will remove barriers to their accepting Christ.
“We are Vaddars. We are creators. Remember son, our people built India!” The father bragged to his son between swings of his hammer.
There are 3.5 million Vaddars (also called Bhovi), and their building specialties define their subgroups. Those who work as stone cutters and in mines are Kallu Vaddars, while earth diggers and suppliers of material to make roads and construction are Matti (Mannu) Vaddars; urban menial laborers are Uppar Vaddars, and those who transport sand from riverbeds are Katte Vaddars. There are also other groups.
They believe that their ancient trade goes back to the establishment of India. At that time their clan built a canal from the Ganges River in the Himalayan Mountains south to northern India when the land was suffering from a terrible hundred-year drought.
Men, women, and children all work long days. Traditionally the Vaddars were a nomadic people who would travel about building systems of infrastructure. Now they accept settled agriculture as an option. Other Indians look on the Vaddars as low caste Shudras. The greatest concentration of Vaddars live in Andhra Pradesh in south India; but many others live in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Vaddars follow the Hindu religion. Only 0.06 percent of them are Christian. But because they speak common Telugu, many Christian resources are available in their language, including translated Scriptures in various media. They only need someone to bring the Truth to them, and to live the Truth.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Vaddar believers will have the courage to share about how God has rebuilt their lives. Pray that the Vaddars will embrace Jesus as their rock and foundation.-LR
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