Daily Topic for June 05, 2007
One of the greatest lessons we can learn from the apostle Paul was the way he adapted to the people whom he tried to win to Christ. In this passage Paul explains how he made himself a slave, put himself under the Jewish law, released himself from the Jewish law, and became weak-all to win certain people groups to Christ. One of the biggest challenges for missionaries to the unreached peoples of the world is how to adapt to the cultures of those they want to win. We can be confident that God will grant wisdom to those who try to become all things to all men in order to save some.
Heavenly Father, grant today’s frontier missionaries wisdom and creativity for their work among the unreached peoples.
Banjars believe that dead men do indeed tell tales. A Banjar family will assemble for the “Maatur Dhar” ceremony to hear the advice and admonition of their dead. Even though they consider themselves devout Muslims, they still consult spirit mediums and believe that rocks and trees are alive with spirits to be placated.
Theirs is a very conservative world, slow to change and not open to the Indonesian government, outsiders, or secular education. Living in houses built on stilts along rivers and on the shore, the Banjars lack infrastructure. Most are rural, although some live in towns, cities, and some live in far away Saudi Arabia.
Nearly 100 percent Muslim, these people once practiced Buddhism and Hinduism until a rebel prince converted to Islam in 1526 in order to get military help. They are now very closed to Christianity. Converts are expelled from their families, persecuted, or killed; yet there are a few converts.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for whole families to believe and spread the gospel along natural family lines. Pray that they will understand that Jesus is more powerful than spirits. Pray that they will see the gospel as being for them, not just for outsiders. Pray that they will soon have access to the JESUS Film.-TP