Daily Topic for September 03, 2017

John 17:18, RSV
As Thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. Jesus was about 30 years old when he was baptized in water and filled with God's Spirit and started his ministry. (Luke 3:21-23)

If you went to Jesus’ carpenter shop when he was age 28 asking him to raise someone from the dead or heal you, it was not his time yet to do that. But now we, just like Jesus when he was baptized with the Holy Spirit, are ready like him to face the devil and everything he can throw at us as we are sent into the harvest.

Pray the Lord of the harvest to abundantly fill today’s missionaries in Jammu and Kashmir with that same Holy Spirit.

Missionary Biography, Continued

by KC

Though Jaeschke had to return to Europe by 1868, he eventually translated the Bible and other Christian literature into Tibetan. It took until 1947 for the entire Tibetan Bible to be published in one volume. He and Eduard Pagell both died in 1883.
Though these two founding members were gone, the Moravian work hit a high point around 1900. Moravians had 21 workers in four mission stations, and nearly 100 Tibetans were in their spiritual care. By 1909, 100 homes were open to their activity. Missionaries and Tibetan evangelists used literature, and even chiseled Bible verses on trade routes to make Christ known.
Medical work also opened doors for the gospel. Moravians opened a hospital in Leh. Others established clinics where they removed cataracts, and there was also a leper ward. Moravian doctors gained a good reputation in Tibet.
The two world wars, India’s independence movement, and China’s Communist Revolution eroded Moravian work. During WWI British-controlled parts of the Tibetan world sent Moravian missionaries away because most of these workers were German nationals. It became clear that the Moravians needed to quickly turn leadership over to Tibetan believers before it was too late. In 1945, the congregation in Leh voted to use their own funds rather than depend on monies from outside. Leh and two outstations were the last toeholds of this 100-year mission effort.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will soon re-establish this work in Tibet.

Next day: Tibetans in Leh

Previous day: Missionary Biography, Continued