Daily Topic for April 19, 2007

Acts 11:19-20
"Now those who had been scattered...traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however...went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also."

In a similar fashion, isn’t preoccupation with “our own kind of people” the norm today? The vast majority of full-time Christian workers are ministering to those of their own culture who are already at least nominally Christians. Certainly these people need to hear the gospel clearly, as did the Jews of the first century. But how much more do those peoples who know only a shred of the truth deserve full-time workers among them? Let us rededicate ourselves to the task of telling the good news of Christ’s resurrection to those unreached peoples who have yet to hear this miraculous story.

Father, send Your love to the ends of the earth, we pray.

Toba-Maskoy people of Paraguay

Paraguayan Indians long for the government to recognize their rightful ownership of their tribal lands. For centuries, no one questioned their right to the land they occupied. But now the government wants to re-locate them to less desirable land. The tribal lands could then be sold for a high price to large companies.

The Toba-Maskoy tribe was removed from its ancestral land and relocated to a parcel given to them by the government. The tribe found the land inhospitable to their traditional way of life, so they moved on in hopes of finding more suitable vacant land.

A 1981 law stipulates that all indigenous groups of 20 families or more should receive appropriate land parcels and even more importantly, the official title to their property. Bureaucratic inefficiency and government delays have prevented the law from being carried out.

The primary religion of the Toba-Maskoy tribe is Animism. There are no Bible translations, gospel recordings or radio broadcasts in their language, nor is the JESUS Film available in their language.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Toba-Maskoy tribe would soon hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray that they would come to understand that the Earth is not their true home, and that God has prepared a place in heaven for them that no one can take away. Pray that the Toba-Maskoy people will be given justice-JWS

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