Daily Topic for July 18, 2007
Each of us has received a “trust” from God; that is, a deposit of knowledge, resources, and gifts. God expects us to exercise responsible stewardship of this “trust,” both to maintain it and to invest it so as to accomplish His purposes. This is the essence of stewardship: using resources to fulfill responsibilities. God entrusted to Abraham a “blessing” which he was to use to “bless the other families of the earth.” Each of us has received a similar “deposit” from the Lord. What kind of stewardship are you exercising?
Lord, help me to be a faithful steward of all that You have given me, using it to bring Your salvation to those who still need to hear.
Quinzhou City is a southern coastal city, which borders Vietnam. It has mountains and a rich supply of natural resources. Quinzhou City is also a home to the Zhuang people, the second largest minority group in China. Another significant home for the Zhuang is Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Province in the southwest of China. It enjoys the nickname “the Green City” because of all its wide-open green spaces. It is quite an athletic city, with its citizens winning 15 world sporting championships over a 10 year period. Guigang City is located inland, north of the China-Vietnam border. There are 1,800,000 people living in Guigang, but it is seldom visited by outsiders. The Zhuang people make up nearly 30 percent of that city’s population.
The Zhuang people migrated southward from central China roughly 5,000 years ago. Their population totals about 18 million souls. They have their own language, once written in Zhuang logograms based on Chinese characters, but it is now written using Roman letters.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the gospel would break through the cultural and spiritual barriers which keep the Zhuang people from embracing Jesus. Pray that the Bible and other printed materials will become easily available to them.-JR
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