Daily Topic for July 06, 2006

2 Thessalonians 1:3
"We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing."

The Apostle Paul was deeply thankful for the Thessalonians, especially for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It certainly brings great blessing and joy after many years on the mission field for a missionary to see “his children” walk in the light they have received. It signifies that the missionary’s labor in the Lord has not been in vain. Such a testimony is also a great blessing to those who first planted the seed, for they recognize that it is God who works to produce lasting fruit.

Father, we praise You for those You have brought into Your Kingdom through the labors of Your faithful servants.

Folk Islamic Minangkabau (Minang) People of Indonesia

“One must nurture growth in humans, animals, and plants so that society will be strong,” the Minang women told the American anthropologist who had come to study their matrilineal society.

Almost 4,000,000 Minangkabaus (Minang) live in western Sumatra Island while an equal number are scattered throughout other parts of Indonesia. In their culture, property and names are passed down through the women, making it the largest matrilineal society in the world. Males leave their homes at an early age to study. Many of them have become some of Indonesia’s most influential scholars, statesmen, educators, writers and religious leaders. The women are also educated. Their primary role is to take care of their families, including family investments and property. 

Islam penetrated their society in the 16th century. At that time the Minang’s religious tradition had been based on animistic and Hindu beliefs. These beliefs were the foundation of their matrilineal society and they viewed Islam as a threat. The conflict was resolved, and today their Islamic religion features elements of animism and Hinduism. There are an estimated 1,000 Minang Christians. Various Christian groups are working within the society, and they have several good Christian resources.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will cause Minang leaders to listen and accept His word presented through trained Christian workers, radio, films and the Internet. Their strength could be a powerhouse for the Lord in Indonesia.-PD

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