Daily Topic for April 27, 2007

Acts 20:25
"Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again."

It is sad when a missionary leaves the people to whom he was sent, a people whom he has come to love. When the church is planted, able to sustain itself, and willing and able to send evangelists and missionaries on its own, the missionary’s task is complete. But that church needs our prayers to grow in the grace and knowledge of God and to reach out to other peoples who have no churches.

Pray that existing churches, including younger churches in the non-Western world, may continue to flourish and to commission workers to the unreached peoples.

Animistic Wayana People of French Guiana

Serena laughed at the saying the foreigner had just repeated. “April showers bring May flowers? Does it rain only in April where you’re from? Here it rains all the time.” A downpour began as she finished this statement, and Serena re-adjusted the cloth she had draped over the baskets she was selling. Customers fled to nearby trees to escape the rain, and Serena laughed at them. She thought, “I’m used to being wet all the time. Do these people think they have to stay dry?”

Just then, her husband Orkoyo arrived with a huge fish, which he plopped into one of the baskets. Serena’s smile faded as she saw her chance to sell that basket diminish. He smiled and said, “I also found some cassava. We won’t go hungry tonight!”

Serena and Orkoyo are from the Wayana people. They live in the lowland tropical rainforests of French Guiana. Hunting, fishing, and sometimes food gathering is how they get their food. Some, like Serena, have found that they can make money by selling their handcrafts. Their population is as low as 750 and as high as 1,900, depending on what source you read.

According to the Joshua Project web site, the Wayana people are less than two percent Evangelical, and few are part of any form of Christianity. Since the time of their early ancestors the Wayana people have been Animistic.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send workers to tell the Wayana people about their only source of hope, Jesus Christ.-KC

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