Daily Topic for September 02, 2017

Matthew 9:37-38, RSV
Then He said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

A dangerous prayer ... because as soon as they obediently prayed this prayer, five verses later, they are being sent! Pray that the Tibetans everywhere will joyfully pray this prayer to the Lord of the harvest, and be sent by him to reap the harvest of their own people and the peoples beyond them.

Missionary Biography, Continued

by KC

It was an epidemic that opened doors for missionaries. Though ill in bed himself, Moravian missionary Eduard Pagell set out to cross over high mountain passes to vaccinate Tibetans against small pox. After he had vaccinated 639 people, he was sent packing by local officials who did not want a gospel witness in the land of the Dalai Lama.
At the mission station, workers faced open hostility once a couple of Tibetans embraced the gospel. Tibetan believers were ostracized, disowned by their families, and lost their jobs. In the coming years Moravians developed ways for Tibetan believers to make a living through a mission run farm. They introduced the cultivation of potatoes, which soon became an important part of the Tibetan diet. They also were demonstrating to the Tibetans that they didn’t need the lama’s blessings to have a good harvest. Other Moravians established knitting schools at nearly every mission station. They introduced handlooms to improve the local economy. This was important partly because communist activities in China were making things too dangerous for transporting and trading goods.
Moravians also made use of a rest house for traveling traders. Providing these mobile traders with gospel tracts and literature was an excellent way to get these materials spread far and wide. A Tibetan Bible woman and her husband were left in charge of the home. This was a first step towards turning leadership over to local believers.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for workers to have discernment as they attempt to turn leadership over to local believers.


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