Daily Topic for July 25, 2017

2 Cor 5:19, NKJV
...that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Pray that soon many from the Azong people will be reconciled to Christ.

Azong (Ah-zong) People

by CMW

(This story illustrates aspects of the culture of the people group.)
Grandfather was dead. Deshi, the eldest son, was responsible for the funeral arrangements. Sadly for Deshi’s people, the Azong, the Chinese central government had recently banned burial, mandating cremation instead. If Deshi had his way, he would bury grandfather with silver in his mouth. The money would provide for grandfather’s needs in the afterworld. Deshi would write grandfather’s name on a wooden tablet. This he would have to do using the blood from his own finger. When he was a child, this practice always sent shivers down Deshi’s spine, but now that he was an adult, he no longer shied away from the bloody task. Deshi would pass on the wooden name tablet to his son and grandson. Three generations would use Grandfather’s tablet in ancestral rites. Deshi’s grandson would be the one responsible for eventually burning grandfather’s tablet.
The Azong people practice ancestor worship mixed with animism. There are only 1,300 Azong, and they live only in China. There are no known followers of Christ among them. There are no portions of the Bible in their language.

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Please pray for the resources to reach out to these people. Pray that the Azong people will come to know the God who offers them much more than silver in the afterlife. Pray that both the men and the women in Azong communities will be discipled in the ways of Christ.

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