Daily Topic for June 22, 2017

Eph. 2:8-10, NET
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

Pray for the Tai Daeng people to have the gift of faith that they need to perform good works for the glory of God, not for spiritual merit.

Tai Daeng People of Laos

by Allan Starling, GRN

The Tai Daeng people of Laos have been refugees from China for many years. They are scattered in several countries, including Laos, where they are also known as Red Tai because of the adjacent Red River. In the 1960s, a large group of refugees fled from Vietnam to Laos to escape the war. They live in communities with other related Tai groups. Past outbreaks of cholera and typhoid have wiped out thousands of Tai Daeng.
The Tai Daeng people are extremely polite, respectful, and hospitable. Families are the core of their society. In rural areas the entire immediate family lives together. Many of the Tai Daeng work as blacksmiths. This is an important occupation, especially in villages along trade routes.
Most Tai Daeng are animists. They believe that non-living objects have spirits. About one-third of them follow Buddhist teachings. They seek to improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and attending worship services.
There are no known believers among them. They do not have the scriptures, the JESUS Film, or audio gospel recordings available in their language.

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Pray that God will open the way for the gospel message to be presented to the Tai Daeng people of Laos in their own language. Pray for a movement to Christ among them that will change their communities in such a way that others will take notice and give God the glory.

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