Daily Topic for June 13, 2007
Taking the gospel to a people who have never heard it is demanding-physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually. Yet the harvest comes only after months and years of sowing seed. Satan’s major weapons-discouragement, division, disease and delay-are often aimed at those who labor on the front lines of the advance of the gospel. The apostle Paul needed the prayers of the saints. How much more do the frontier missionaries of today!
Pray for those missionaries you know who are taking the gospel to those who have never heard. Pray that they will not “become weary in doing good.”
The Gorontalo people of Indonesia live in northern Sulawesi, a truly beautiful land featuring extensive coastlands, rugged mountains, and a large central valley surrounding breathtaking Lake Limboto. Their occupations include farming, fishing and even running national companies. Fathers within the family structure are treated with great respect. However, relationships with grandmothers and older siblings are more casual.
Physical and spiritual challenges are daunting. Rising populations have produced food shortages. Massive land erosion has resulted from trees being cut. The Gorontalo people have been Muslims since the 16th century. It is a common sight to see them flock to local mosques. Even so, their beliefs are blended with Animism. Many still believe in supernatural creatures and in mysterious powers. According to estimates, there are only 250 Gorontalo believers among their population of 925,000.
There is encouraging news. Recently, more Gorontalo people are responding to outreach from their Christian neighbors. Since many Gorontalos are illiterate, particularly women, they need more Bible programs on tape and more radio broadcasts. A pastor in the Gorontalo region asks us to pray for their protection from Islamic factions.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for more evangelistic radio and tapes for the Gorontalo people. Pray that there will soon be an evangelistic body of Gorontalo “Pauls” to reach these Muslims for Jesus.-CH