Monday, February 20, 2012

Mother Language Day

Did you know that tomorrow, February 21, is Mother Language Day?

Me either.

This day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations. Here is why they thought it was important to set aside a day honoring the mother tongue of each person and people group on our planet:
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Here is why I believe it is important to talk with our children, around our tables, about people who speak different languages.

I'm not advocating any specific mission, I'm promoting getting information and praying for these people who do not have anyone who speaks their heart language who can tell them the gospel.

How about a switch up in your family devotions tonight or tomorrow night? Why not show your family this video and talk about what you can do for these unreached people groups.

One thing you can do is pray. And that's a big thing!

If you click on the box below, you will be taken to a website where you can find other short videos to watch and a place to sign up to receive information about an unreached people group each day so that you and your family can pray for them.

Maybe you won't remember to pray for an unreached group every day, but you could make one day each week--Mother Language Monday or World Wednesday for example--the day when your family looks up the website and prays for the people group being featured that day.

We have a map on the wall near our table which would enable us find where in the world they live. We refer to our map often during our meals. It might be worth it to you to have a map or globe so you can get some idea of the part of the world you are talking about.

Then you and your family can be alert to hear news about their nation. God will be at work as a result of our prayers and it's exciting to see!

Tell me how you talk about the spiritual needs of the world with your family.

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