Daily Topic for September 08, 2017

Psalms 2:8, NKJV
Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession.

Ask him for the Gara nation!

Buddhist Gara People

by AHS

What makes the Gara people unique? There could be many reasons, but in this case it’s the Indian government that gives them distinction. Even though they number only about 1,000 people, the government recognized them as a separate tribe in 1989. Researchers previously had labeled them as part of the larger Ladakhi people group because they live in the same geographical area. They don’t speak Ladakhi, and they have their own marriage and death rituals. The Ladakhi treat the Gara as the lowest social class, and they don’t allow them to hold administration positions.
Most Gara claim to be Buddhists, but still practice spirit worship. They call on demonic spirits to protect them and, at some ceremonies, wear hideous masks. Some Tibetan Buddhist lamas go into demonic trances in order to give spiritual advice to the Gara community.
There are no known followers of Christ among the Gara. Social barriers divide them from the neighboring Ladakhi where there are over 200 believers. There are no Bible translations in their language, Lahul. But Global Recordings Network (GRN) has audio Bible stories, evangelistic messages and an audio-visual overview of the Bible. These can be downloaded free for evangelism and church planting.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that social barriers will break down between the Gara and their Ladakhi neighbors. Ask the Lord of the harvest to help Ladakhi believers reach out to the Gara with the gospel message and to help the Gara people to find a way to use resources on the Internet to spread the life-giving gospel message.

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