Daily Topic for June 01, 2007

1 Corinthians 1:22-24
"Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."

The Corinthian church had both Jewish and Gentile members. Here Paul illustrates for them how people from both Jewish and Greek cultures often responded to the gospel. Looking for attesting signs to be done by the Messiah, most Jews stumbled on the fact of Jesus’ crucifixion. To the wisdom-seeking Greeks, the whole idea of the crucifixion was foolishness. But some from each group saw that Christ is the power and wisdom of God.

Heavenly Father, lead Your missionaries today to those yet unreached people groups, and grant that men and women may see and believe Your power and wisdom in Christ.

Muslim Alas People of Indonesia

To look at Margaret Morgan, one could hardly think of her as a missionary. She was such a delicate girl, the only child of her parents in the Welsh mining village of Porth. Margaret did not like to study and decided not to continue in school any longer than the law required.

In 1946, when she was 12, an evangelist came to hold meetings in Porth, and Margaret came to personal faith in Christ. From then on she sought spiritual friendships, and loved to be with those who spoke freely of the things of the Lord. One year she was invited to spend her vacation with friends at Bath, England. While there she concluded that God wanted her to be a nurse, and at age 18 she began her nurse’s training. 

About the time Margaret Morgan was starting her training, another girl, 12 years older, Minka Hanskamp, was sending applications to missionary societies in Holland. 

A year after Minka’s birth in 1922, her parents took her from Holland to Java, Indonesia, where they had been missionaries with the Dutch Reformed Church. At the age of 13 Minka had returned to Holland for her education. When war broke out in Europe in 1939, she decided to rejoin her parents in Java. In the next two years she completed her high school education, and made her commitment to Jesus Christ. -AL

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Pray that missionary kids will see the value in their parents’ work, and be willing to give their lives to spreading Christ’s blessings. (Continued tomorrow)

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