Daily Topic for October 05, 2010

Matthew 10:28
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

For many prominent Hindu communities like the Vallalars, it is extremely difficult to rise above caste expectations. Everyone that matters most to them expect them to do certain things. Then along comes Jesus Christ, who expects all of His followers to put Him first.

Pray that as Vallalar people put their faith in Him that the Holy Spirit will give them discernment regarding how to relate to their families and caste members.

Vallalar People

by EJD

Keerthana brushed the tears from her face with the back of her hand as she donned her wedding sari. She ought to be happy; instead she was choking back tears. Her soon-to-be husband from another Vallalar family had reassured her that everything would be fine and that they were going to be happy. Nevertheless her heart was very much filled with grief.

Her father, Manikkam Pillai, a prosperous businessman, had worked hard not only to preserve the wealth that he had inherited, but he was also determined to bequeath the family inheritance to his only daughter and a suitable Vallalar boy that he would find for her to marry. Manikkam took immense pride in his surname and the caste that it represented. He had often boastfully narrated that his forefathers were descended from the ancient Indian agro-pastoral warrior clan, and he vowed he would keep his family as “Vallalar” as he could.

When Keerthana fell in love with a boy from another caste, all hell broke loose in the Pillai household. No amount of reasoning and pleading convinced her father. He had made it amply clear that she would no longer be considered his daughter if she married outside their caste. Faced with this impossible choice, Keerthana chose to marry the one her father selected. But her heart was still with someone else, and she knew that she could never see him again.

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Pray that members of the Vallalar community would put their identity in Christ rather than in their social status.

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