Daily Topic for June 04, 2007

1 Corinthians 9:20
"To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews."

Again we see in Paul’s pattern of ministry how Jesus Christ acted to identify with man. Jesus not only took on human form, but actually became a member of one people group. He was born and grew up within the Jewish culture. God became a Jew in order to win the Jews. When Jesus commissioned His followers to disciple the non-Jewish nations, He also expected these disciples “to become all things to all men so that by all possible means (they) might save some” (9:22).

Lord Jesus, thank You for the example You gave us. Lead today’s missionaries into Your truth as they seek to identify with the peoples of the world.

Sunni Muslim Aceh People of Sumatra, Indonesia

The Northwest Sumatran Province of Aceh used to be bigger than it now is. From about AD 1200-1500, the Aceh people controlled parts of Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Today it is best known for the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami that was felt as far away as East Africa. Last year it was hit by floods. Muslim clerics wondered if their God was punishing them. Since the earthquake, an independence movement has entered into a shaky truce with the government.

Once Hindu, the three million Aceh people are now 97.6 percent Islamic. Since 2006, Aceh Province has had its own elected government, and Aceh leaders are pushing for Sharia (Islamic) Law. The Aceh people are truly unreached. Fewer than 50 are believers, most of whom live outside the Province. They have the New Testament in their language. Following the tsunami, Samaritan’s Purse (SP) arrived and built new houses. The local government “charged” SP with evangelism and expelled them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Aceh people will read the New Testament and open themselves to Jesus. Pray that Samaritan’s Purse will again be allowed to minister there. Pray that there will be a solid Christian witness there by the few local Christians and that Indonesian Christians from outside the province will evangelize the Aceh. Pray that peace will last.-TP

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