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"The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
1 Timothy 1:15-17 (ESV)

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Since I haven’t been able to maintain my weekly posts from the Joshua Project, I’ve decided to make a page for it instead.

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God bless everyone!  

"Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment."

Ecclesiastes 11:9 (ESV)

It’s easy for us to take this completely out of context when we read, “Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes.” Being young and human, we can’t help it. We want to be able to say things we want, be friends with who we want, be “friends” with who we want (if you get what I’m trying to say), date whoever we want, and do whatever we want. We want to make ourselves happy, and we think that getting all these things that we want in our lives will do that. 

However, if we have a relationship with God, we know that life is not about being happy. It’s about fearing God and glorifying Him with our lives. That means that, as His children, we are devoted to Him and His purpose alone. HELLO, MISSIONS!

When I read this verse as part of my quiet time for today, the Lord reminded me, through this verse, that I should cherish my youth, but not for the reasons this world encourages.

The world says that we should enjoy life while we’re young, that we should take every opportunity to “live”, because we may not get to do all those things when we’re older. The world says to forget rules and boundaries for a while, and just do whatever it is that makes you feel “alive”. 

But Jesus said this:

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

John 10:10 (ESV) 

True life did not come from the world. It came from Christ. And look, Christ offers an abundant life! 

Let’s choose not to waste our youth on things that only make us feel alive. Let’s not settle for that kind of life that is half-“devoted” to God and half-devoted to one’s own happiness. It’s true what they say, that we should take every opportunity to live while we’re young, but we must seek the opportunities that God gives us, not what the world gives us. Cuz when we’re older, we may not be able to do all those things that we could have done that had the potential to so greatly glorify our Lord.

God bless, everyone!  

Oh, and here’s Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 for more on using our youthfulness for God. :) 

My dad and I were on the way home from Alabang earlier today. We were at a stoplight when a man selling fans and dustpans stopped in front of us, trying to convince us to buy something from him. I could see the desperation in his eyes.

As we drove away, I started crying. I asked my dad how we could just drive off like that without feeling any compassion towards him? Or towards anyone we had ever come across on the road for that matter? 

I have to be honest. For the longest time, I wouldn’t acknowledge them whenever people would pass by and knock on our car door. Usually, they would be people under the syndicates, so we wouldn’t give any money, knowing it wouldn’t go to them anyway. But couldn’t I have decided to stock up on water or crackers in the car so that at least I could give them something?

I could not comprehend how I could continue living my life without helping this man in whose tired eyes I could see such desperation. This man was out on the streets in the scorching heat of the summer trying so hard to sell fans and dustpans, striving to provide for his own family. I could not comprehend how I could go on with my day knowing how much love, grace, and mercy I have experienced from God and not do something.

And me? I was sitting in the comfort of our car, enjoying the airconditioning, listening to songs on my iTouch. It made me realize how much I have taken God and His provisions for granted, even when I thought I hadn’t. The only blessing I (and everyone else) need (needs) is a relationship with God. I already have that. I do not need the blessings I have in the form of my family, friends, finances, an education, etc., because I already have all I need to experience true life in my relationship with God.

Knowing that God has called all those who have a relationship with Him to a greater purpose, that must mean that all those other blessings He has so freely given me must be for that greater purpose, as well.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”

1 Corinthians 10:31-33

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

This man and I are not much different from each other if you take away our social statuses and the things we have. We are both in desperate need of saving because we are both doomed for eternal separation from God because of our sins. We are not much different at all. 

Now, a person can only be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I knew that, and I have already been saved. But did this man know that? Did he have that? How can I manage to drive away and not do something about it? 

My dad and I decided to go to Ministop to buy the man some food and water for him and his family. We went back to the spot where we found him, hoping he would still be there. Thank God that we found him! My dad pulled over to the side and called him over and we were able to give him the goods. 

We didn’t get to share the Gospel to him, but I was just praying to God that He would somehow reveal Himself to that man and let him know that my dad and I were merely instruments of His. 

This encounter was a big reminder of what I am supposed to be doing on this earth. God did not put me on this earth to just indulge in all the things this world has to offer. I don’t mean to say that we aren’t supposed to enjoy God’s blessings.  It’s just that we have to think again if all we’re after now is the blessings.

We have to remember that, as God’s children, we’re supposed to be living in view of eternity. We need to take every opportunity we’re given to be a blessing that people - our family, friends, people in need both here in the Philippines and in other countries - may come to Christ, as well. We’re put in the places and situations that we are in to do just that. We are given what we are given to do just that. We have experienced God’s love, grace, and mercy to do just that.

The Bhuinhar reside in 96 districts of India and Bangladesh, the largest populations being in districts Ghazipur, Ballia, Azamgar - all in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Almost all speak Hindi, but six additional languages are spoken as well. They are almost entirely Hindu, in both India and Bangladesh.

Ministry Obstacles
The pantheistic worldview is not easy to overcome. Pray for a growing awareness of a personal God, one who knows each person and cares for each person.

Outreach Ideas

Evangelists and church planting teams are needed. Pray for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ

There are some Christian believers among the Bhuinhar of India. Pray they will fellowship together, encouraging each other in the faith, bearing one another’s burdens, growing in love and knowledge.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for the material well-being of the Bhuinwar, that they will be accepted by the castes and tribes around them, and be able to properly support their families.

Scripture Focus

"And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations." Mark 13:10

Information taken from Joshua Project.

The Fulani people comprise the largest nomadic society in the world. The Fula Maasina are located predominantly in the Maasina region of Mali. The culture and lifestyle of the Fula Maasina who live there are virtually identical to those of the other Fulani peoples in West Africa. Houses belonging to the settled Fula Maasina are typically round with mud walls and thatched roofs. They are strongly Sunni Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles
The identity of the Fulani tribes has long been tied to Islam. To follow Jesus as a Fulani is to risk cutting oneself off from family and friends … serious losses indeed.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained and focused prayer is needed for the Fulani tribes, to prepare their hearts. Many Christian workers are needed for these large tribes. Pray for workers, for the harvest is ripening.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few Christian believers among the Maasina Fulani will be sent teachers and materials to help them grow in Christ. They need prayer support. Pray they will clearly understand the Gospel of grace, not mixing it with the religion of good works. Pray they will see the need to be obedient to Christ out of gratitude.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the large Fulani tribes of West Africa will be able to care adequately for their families, that they will have sufficient rain for their livestock and crops. Pray they will make schooling a priority for their children. Pray for the widow and orphan, that they be cared for by the community.

Scripture Focus
"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Matthew 25:32

Information taken from Joshua Project.

The term Rawat signifies a prince; it is a title borne by the relatives of a king. Traditionally, the Rawat are a landowning community engaged in cultivation. Their attitude towards education, medical and family welfare programs is favorable. Their family deity is Ashapridebi. Village level and regional level deities are Bherujee and Matajee.

Ministry Obstacles
The Hindu Rawat have little concept of a personal, creator God who loves them personally.

Outreach Ideas
Stories from Scripture, combined with Gospel films and recordings, can be used effectively.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Christ that will someday emerge from the Rawat community, that the Lord will provide qualified pastors and teachers for them, and that they will be well established in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Rawat community to increasingly be aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that the creator God loves them.

Scripture Focus
"And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations." Mark 13:10

Information taken from Joshua Project.

Today was a little bit different. Just a little bit.

I started with the usual, though. I wrote down my questions, did the assigned readings for Bible 365, read a short material on how every child of God can and should be involved in missions, and then I watched a Louie Giglio sermon. 

Today was all about missions, right? The sermon didn’t dwell so much on the definition of missions or on the concrete steps you should take to become a missionary. Those would be real helpful, I’m sure, but no. That’s not what it was about. 

It did, however, tackle the whole reason of why missions exists. 

John Piper, who actually introduced Louie Giglio in this message, said once that missions exists because worship (from people from every nation) doesn’t.

Louie’s messaged mostly talked about just how great God is, just how amazing. He is.  

Here's a passage he dwelled upon. 

The passage says that the heavens should praise God, as well as the heavenly hosts, the angels, the sun, moon, and stars. One thing that Louie said that really struck me was that those weren’t just poetry. The psalmist actually meant it literally! And it makes sense doesn’t it? The psalmist goes on to mention all of God’s creations should praise Him. Everything He created should praise Him.

He went on to let the congregation hear the sound of one star, the sound of 16 other stars, and the sound of whales. Now, this isn’t going to sound as interesting, because it would just be so much better if I could show you guys the video itself.

But can you imagine that? Even the stars in the sky are praising God! Even the whales in the sea are praising God! And we don’t even know it! Imagine what God hears when all His creation is praising Him. Imagine the stars in the sky, with the whales of the sea, with the flapping of eagle’s wings, with the sound of the ocean crashing onto the rocky shores (now, most of these illustrations came from Louie’s sermon HEH), WITH THE VOICES FROM EVERY NATION, EVERY PEOPLE GROUP singing about just how great God is

This is why missions exists. Because all of God’s creation is in on it, except for some nations and people groups that have yet to be shared to. Now, God is inviting us to be a part of this awesome (major understatement, by the way) plan of His to bring more people into this great orchestra!

I know I want to sing along with the stars, with the whales. Do you?

"The Bhuiya, a Scheduled Caste, are mainly landless, but a few possess cultivable land. They depend mostly on daily-wage labor, rickshaw-pulling, brick-laying, etc. Their pantheon includes a large number of deities, such as Dihwal, Gorraiyya and Bir Bhairon. Their literacy rate is 4.3%, 1981 census.

Ministry Obstacles
The Bhuiya community speaks well over 30 languages. Evangelistic and church planting outreaches need to accommodate the linguistic subdivisions within the community.

Outreach Ideas
A very low literacy rate requires taking the Gospel of Christ to these people primarily in oral form, using stories from Scripture, as well as Gospel recordings and films, and other visual/oral means.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the handful of Christians among the Bhuiya community, that they will desire to grow in Christ, to become disciples, not merely Christians in name only. Pray they will put on the full armor of God, including the shield of faith.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Bhuiya community to be able to care for their families, and for schools to be available to their children. Pray they will make schooling a high priority.

Scripture Focus
'All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord, they will bring glory to your name.' Psalm 86:9”

Information taken from Joshua Project.

"The Bedouin typically follow a hierarchy of loyalties based on closeness of kinship that runs from the nuclear family through the lineage, the tribe, and even to an entire ethnic or linguistic group. Disputes are settled, interests are pursued, and justice and order are maintained by means of this organizational framework. The individual family unit typically consists of three or four adults (a married couple plus siblings or parents) and any number of children, and is semi-nomadic pastoral.

Ministry Obstacles
Saudi Arabia is very hostile to any kind of Christian witness.

Outreach Ideas
Sustained, focused prayer is first priority. Christian television and radio and evangelistic websites are very helpful. Muslim women need to hear how much Jesus values women.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the handful of followers of Jesus among the Bedouin, that the Lord will protect their faith and nurture it. Pray they will find each other and fellowship together. Pray for their encouragement.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Bedouin will increasingly be drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as they read the Koran. Pray the Lord’s Spirit will open their eyes to see that Jesus is more than a prophet.

Scripture Focus
'Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.' 1 Chronicles 16:28-29”

Information taken from Joshua Project.

"The Tuareg are descended from Berbers in the region that is now Libya, and also from ancient Saharan peoples. Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tuareg territory was artificially divided into modern nations: Niger,Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso. The Tuareg adopted camel nomadism, along with its distinctive form of social organization, from camel-herding Arabs about two thousand years ago.

Ministry Obstacles
Algeria does not provide a welcome to Christian workers, as such. Innovative ideas for access are needed.

Outreach Ideas
Pray for the few existing believers to become mature in the faith, and be given a heart to share the Gospel message with their friends.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few Christian believers among the Tuareg, that they will live exemplary lives and reveal the Lord’s character through His Spirit.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for improved living conditions for the Tuareg, and for good schools for their children so they can be well prepared to live in the 21st century.

Scripture Focus
"Having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people." Revelation 14:6"

Information taken from Joshua Project.

One of the dominant communities of Gujarat, the Lohana migrated from Lohargaadh (now in Pakistan) a few centuries ago. They are Hindu and worship gods like Shankar and Srinath in addition to their family and clan deities. They engage Brahman priests to conduct their ritual and religious functions. The community council looks after their welfare; it provides financial assistance to the poor and to deserving students for promoting education.

Ministry Obstacles
The Lohana community has had almost no opportunity to hear of Jesus. There is much that must be communicated to them.

Outreach Ideas
Indian Christians can overcome caste boundaries and carry the good news of Jesus to the Lohana community. Pray the Lord will give this vision and opportunity to several workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be no followers of Jesus among the Lohana today, but pray for those that will soon come forth. Pray they will be sent teachers to help them, as well as resources such as Gospel films and recordings. Pray they will be zealous to follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Lohana community to continue to make education a priority for their youth. Pray the entire community may maintain an adequate standard of living, and that the widow and orphan may be cared for.

Scripture Focus
"Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." John 4:35”

Information taken from Joshua Project.



Poland was once home to the largest Jewish population in Europe and served as the center for Jewish culture, ranging from a long period of religious tolerance and prosperity among the country’s Jewish population, to its nearly complete genocidal destruction by Nazi Germany. About three million Polish Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Most of the remaining Jews left Poland in the late 1960s, and many found their way to Israel.

Ministry Obstacles
For a Jew to follow Jesus is to invite ridicule from the Jewish community.

Outreach Ideas
The Gospel of Christ is available to the Polish Jews of Israel. But they need the desire to receive it. Pray for that desire to emerge.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of the Messiah Jesus among the Polish Jews of Israel, but pray for the Jews who will soon come to Christ from this people group. Pray they will quickly become firmly established in the faith, not doubting or wavering.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Polish Jews to increasingly have the veil removed from their eyes - the veil mentioned by the apostle Paul, which prevents the Jews from perceiving their Messiah.

Scripture Focus
"And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Genesis 12:3"

Information taken from Joshua Project.

Sorry, I didn’t get to post this yesterday! :(

 

"The Qashqai are a tribal confederation of clans in Iran. The Qashqai were originally nomadic pastoralists but most are now settled, or partially settled. Historically, the Qashqai are believed to have come from Central Asia, and may have been among the Turkic groups that arrived in Iran in the 11th or 12th centuries. They are renowned for their magnificent pile carpets and other woven wool products.

Ministry Obstacles
Iran is not hospitable to Christian workers; access is limited.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel radio and television, evangelistic websites, Gospel recordings and literature can all be useful.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the followers of Jesus among the Quashqai to grow in their love for Christ and for each other. Pray their faith will be nourished by the Spirit of Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the good news about Jesus to reach the ears of the Qashqai community in an understandable way, in their mother tongue.

Scripture Focus
"Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations." Romans 1:5"

Information taken from Joshua Project.

 

The Tanti people are found across the northeastern portion of India. They are said to have originated as weavers, providers of cloth, back in history as far as ancient Bengal. Not too long ago, virtually every home would have had a loom and cloth present. Today, much of their trade has been taken over by factory production and imported goods. They are considered among the lower castes of India.

Ministry Obstacles
The Tanti community speaks over 15 languages, residing in 30 states of India. Reaching them with the Gospel of Christ will require a multi-pronged approach.

Outreach Ideas
Several church planting projects will likely be needed to communicate with this widely dispersed community.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the Tanti people, that they will live a life worthy of the calling they have received, being patient, bearing with one another in love.

Pray for the entire people group
The Tanti community has a great need for clean water to help with sanitation issues. Since so much of this group is found in rural India, they do not have ready access either to sanitation or medical facilities.

Scripture Focus
"I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples." Psalm 108:3

Information taken from Joshua Project.