Daily Topic for August 17, 2017

1 Pet 1:6-8a, NKJV
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.

Pray that the Muslim Sonar people will seek and find faith in Christ, which is more precious than the gold they sell.

Muslim Sonar People

by JS

One of the first things that would be obvious to a Western visitor in an Indian city would be the amount of gold jewelry bedecking every woman, even those considered low-caste and very poor. In Indian society a woman often wears her wealth, and gold jewelry is an essential part of her dowry. Gold is highly prized in Indian society, and gold and silversmiths have popular and lucrative occupations.
The Sonar people are the gold and silversmiths in India. They design very intricate and fine jewelry, often set with precious and semi-precious stones. Idols play a big part in Hindu culture, and much of the jewelry depicts the likeness of Hindu gods.
Most Sonar are Hindu with over six million living in India; but there are also Muslim Sonars, about 31,000. Muslim Sonars speak Urdu, and there are abundant Christian materials and resources in that language. The Sonar goldsmiths see and deal with wealth every day, and can easily consider themselves privileged and wealthy, when in reality they are desperately poor and doomed. They need the savior. “...the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant (or goldsmith) looking for fine pearls (or gold). When he found one of great value (Jesus, the savior), he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45b-46, NIV)

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Pray that the Sonar peoples will be introduced to the one who is more precious than silver or gold. Pray that he will send his workers to the Muslim as well as Hindu Sonar communities.

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