Daily Topic for June 21, 2017

Ex. 20:20, NIV
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

Pray that the Laven people will trade their unhealthy fear of the spirits for a healthy fear of the Lord that will lead to eternal life.

Laven People of Laos

by Allan Starling, GRN

Operation World, a key mission book, reports rapid church growth in Laos, despite restrictions and persecution. It says, “Almost all of the evangelism (and the churches that result) are led by the indigenous Laotians. Growth is happening among several different peoples in rural and urban areas and throughout the country.”
Unfortunately, the good news has not yet reached the animistic Laven people. Some of them have heard the gospel, but few have responded. Their religion is deeply rooted in their ethnic identity. A typical response to the gospel might be, “If we should follow your way and forsake the customs of our ancestors, the spirits might become angry with us. Then we’d all get sick and die.” As a result of this fear of the spirits, there are currently only a handful of Laven believers.
There are no Bibles, JESUS Films, radio programs, or audio gospel messages available in the Laven language. About 38,000 refugees who speak Laven live near Fresno, California. They may be the key to reaching others in Laos.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for indigenous Laotian believers to find an open door to preach the gospel to the Laven. Pray for a church planting movement among the Laven people. Pray that Christian churches in Fresno will reach out to their new neighbors. Ask the Lord to break up the spiritual soil of Laos and plant seeds among every tribe in that nation.

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