Daily Topic for July 08, 2017

Gal 3:28, NKJV (nations)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Pray that the Diao people will put their identity in the firm foundation of Christ, not in their unique ethnicity.

Diao (Dee-ow) People

by EC

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness… Isaiah 61:10a, NIV.
Today, the Diao women stitch their people’s histories into their clothing. Each detail, the patterns and vibrant colors of their garb, depict the customs and unique beliefs of each tribe.
There are over 2,000 Diao people living in Guizhou Province of southern China. In the 1950s the Diao applied for official recognition as a minority group and were rejected. Scholars later included them as part of the Dong nationality; however, the Diao adamantly identify themselves as a distinct people group.
Traditionally, the Diao have been animists who worship the spirit of the bull which they believe to possess remarkable power. In their history of challenged identity and social namelessness, it is fitting that the Diao are drawn to a symbol of strength. It is likely that most Diao have had no exposure to Christianity or to the Lord. The Diao must know their heavenly Father who formed and created them uniquely, as a people to be treasured, not hidden among the masses.

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Pray for God to raise up spokespeople for the Diao in China. Pray that the Diao would know the power and love of God that gives us our true identities and clothes us in righteousness.

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