Daily Topic for July 04, 2006

1 Thessalonians 2:9
"Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you."

Paul made tents to support himself and his team in their first-century ministry of church-planting throughout the northern Mediterranean world. Today, modern “tentmakers” are working in countries across the globe with a vision of establishing indigenous churches among peoples with no vital Christian witness.

Pray that today’s tentmakers will not only be successful in their “secular” endeavors, but that they will leave behind them growing, evangelizing churches.

Gorontalo People

The pastor was deeply encouraged as he read the following message from his colleague in Gorontalo City, Indonesia. “New followers are coming each week to our Bible study. Pray for our protection. Word has come that the Islamic authorities want to stop us.” Recently more Gorontalo people have been responding to outreach from their Christian neighbors, the Minahasa. According to current estimates, there are now about 250 Gorontalo Christians among their population of 925,000.

In 2000, Gorontalo became a separate province on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. This came about primarily to separate the administration of the largely Muslim Gorontalese from the Christian-majority Minahasa. Since the 16th century the vast majority of Gorontalo people have been Muslim. They also believe in mysterious powers and supernatural creatures. They believe their ancestral spirits possess supernatural powers. The Gorontalo people erect shrines to honor them throughout the province. Such beliefs put them in bondage to the spirit world.

Most Gorontalo women are illiterate. Bible programs on tape and more radio programs would be especially helpful for reaching Gorontalo women.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these audio materials will soon be available. Ask the Lord to break the demonic powers that control many of these people. Pray for peace and friendship between the Gorontalo people and their Christian neighbors.-PD

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