Daily Topic for June 19, 2006

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

We fool ourselves if we think world evangelization is simply a task requiring more effort. The proclamation of God’s Kingdom is a frontal attack on rebel-controlled territory that will meet Satan’s fiercest resistance and opposition. The battle is essentially spiritual, and those who engage in the conflict must be equipped with the spiritual armor Paul describes. If you intend to involve yourself in the battle-as a sender, mobilizer, missionary or in any other capacity-be prepared for attacks greater than you’ve ever experienced before.

Lord, give us wisdom and protection as we enter into spiritual conflict.

Buddhist Khmer People in New Zealand

Can we reasonably still call the 5,000 Khmer people in New Zealand an unreached people group? They have their own church, and at least three home groups. But as of 2006, their church was still led by Dutch missionaries, who say that this church feels “foreign” to these refugees who left Cambodia’s Killing Fields in the late 1970s. One web site states, “The majority of Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists, who use their temples as centers of religious and cultural practice.

The missionaries who are trying to establish a Khmer Church in Christchurch lament that the Cambodians lack the spiritual hunger to attend church regularly. Some go to church if they feel they can get something out of it, but they will also worship at Buddhist temples. The love of money is a spiritual stronghold that is keeping many from Christ. Though some of the Cambodian Khmers do unskilled labor, an increasing number of them are starting businesses, and working long hours so that they can make lots of money. As time goes on, what direction will they take?

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Khmer people in New Zealand that will lead them to the cross. Pray that as younger Khmers assimilate to New Zealand culture, they will turn their hearts to Christ rather than secularism and materialism.-KC

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