Daily Topic for April 14, 2007

Acts 9:15
"Go! This man is My chosen instrument to carry My Name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel."

Imagine what you would do if you heard the Lord tell you, a devout Christian, to go to a strange place and pray for a presumably active enemy of Christianity. That would take some courage and faith! Ananias obeyed, however, and ministered to a man who would become one of the most influential frontier missionaries of all time: the apostle Paul. Often those who are most antagonistic toward the faith later become its most fervent advocates.

As you consider the personal implications of Ananias’ simple obedience, pray about those you minister to who could become pioneer missionaries.

Kantarure of Brazil

“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”-Isaiah 43:19 NAS

Very little is known about the Kantarure people at this time. It is believed that the Kantarure split off from a larger people group about 100 years ago. They number around 400 persons. Their homes are made of mud, with tile roofs and dirt floors. The area where they live, in northeastern Brazil, lacks both adequate rain and healthy soil. They are, however, able to raise a few crops, as well as fish from the Sao Francisco River, and keep some livestock. Their basic staple is manioc flour. 

Since most Kantarure people speak Portuguese, materials in this language would be useful. Though the Bible is available to them in a language they can understand, it is not their heart language. They maintain belief in ancestor spirits and mythical creatures. There are no known Christians among the Kantarure people.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for a spiritual hunger to draw the Kantarure people to the Lord. Pray that God will build a roadway in the wilderness for His truth to go forth. Pray that God’s people will go to them with the gospel.-JR

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