Daily Topic for June 15, 2006

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

In this chapter, the apostle Paul uses a number of terms to describe the conditions of those without Christ: dead, worldly, sons of disobedience, children of wrath, separated from Christ, excluded, strangers, people without hope and without God. What a litany of pain and sorrow! We who experience so much of God’s goodness and grace must never forget that there are about 10,000 people groups in the world for whom this description is absolutely accurate.

Lord, move Christian students, churches, and mission agencies to unite in bringing the good news to those who are “far off.”

Malays in Cocos Island

The young Malay woman lies awake many nights worrying about it. Is something wrong with her, she asks herself? Or, is she just being picky like her mother tells her? After being introduced to several young men by her parents, she has said no to them all. She’s not saying no to marriage-just no to them. But will she ever find true love while living on Cocos Island, a Pacific island of only 400 people? As a Muslim, she knows that marriage is expected of everyone. And while most marriages are arranged, both parties have to give their consent.

Although the Malays identify strongly with Islam, they continue to practice many aspects of their pre-Islamic religions of Buddhism, Hinduism and ethnic religions. It is also common for Malays who live in rural areas to believe in ghosts and spirits. If medicine is not available, it is common for them to call a shaman to treat an illness. Although materials such as the Bible, the JESUS Film and Christian broadcasts are available in the Malay language, fewer than one percent of their population have placed their trust in Jesus.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Christian materials will get through to the Malay Muslims in Cocos Island, and that their hearts will be open to Jesus.-PS

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