Daily Topic for June 14, 2007

Ephesians 1:3
"Praise be to...God, who has blessed us...with every spiritual blessing."

How grateful we are for the blessings the apostle details in this passage! Have we ever considered why God has blessed us? The immediate context suggests that we are blessed so others will “praise His glory” (Vs. 6, 12, 14). But what does that mean in our lives? God’s original covenant with Abraham promised him blessings, and those blessings were to be regarded as resources to carry out a mission to “bless all the families of the earth (Zech. 14:17).” Surely our blessings in Christ Jesus are not different. Blessings are not for us alone, but to equip us to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

Father, make us a blessing.

Bajau People

Often called “Sea Gypsies,” most Bajau people live on boats in eastern Indonesia or the Philippines. The men are commercial fishermen, preserving their catch through drying or salting. Since the seas where they live are not well policed, they face open piracy. The Bajau people are non-aggressive, preferring to flee rather than fight. Women have developed skill at weaving and needlework. The nomadic lifestyle of the boat people causes a lack of education, healthcare, and evangelism. Many Bajau people are illiterate and only speak their own tribal language. The Bajau people who have chosen land living dwell primarily on Borneo’s west coast. They farm and raise cattle, so their nickname has become “Cowboys of the East.”

Sunni Islam unifies all Bajau sub-groups, although they retain traditional pre-Islamic beliefs. They consult mediums to hold public sťances and participate in trance dancing. Mediums deal with illness by setting a “spirit boat” adrift in the open sea. They believe this sends evil spirits away from the community.

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Pray that the Bajau people will turn from “Ommboh Ditaut” (god of the sea) and embrace the living God who created and controls the seas. Ask God to make Himself known to the Bajau people and to use Christian servants in reaching these least reached people.-AK

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