Daily Topic for June 15, 2007

Ephesians 2:13
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ."

In this chapter, the apostle Paul uses a number of terms to describe the conditions of those without Christ: dead, worldly, sons of disobedience, children of wrath, separated from Christ, excluded, strangers, people without hope and without God. What a litany of pain and sorrow! We who experience so much of God’s goodness and grace must never forget that there are about 10,000 people groups in the world for whom this description is absolutely accurate.

Lord, move Christian students, churches, and mission agencies to unite in bringing the good news to those who are “far off.”

Sunni Muslim Palembang People

What is the richest city per capita in Indonesia? That would be Palembang, the namesake of more than half a million Palembang people. This city is in southern Sumatra Island, not far from Java, where Indonesia’s government is located. The name “Palembang” means “to wash muddy river water to find gold.” The Musi River flows through the city, and the area used to be known for its gold and tin. Today, oil brings prosperity to Palembang. However, the riches are not distributed evenly. Many outsiders share the employment opportunities, so unemployment remains a problem for local people. Young Palembang people may move to Jakarta and take any job available, even working on an offshore drilling platform. Leaders worry about the decline of their culture, but these events could open the door to evangelism.

Palembang people value tradition even higher than their Islamic beliefs. Where does Christ fit into this mix? He doesn’t at this point. There are no churches in Palembang and no agencies committed to reaching out to these dear people. We must pray for change. God knows the needs of every heart and stands ready to fulfill them.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will lay the Palembang people on the hearts of many prayer warriors. Pray that the gospel will come to the Palembang people, and that they will embrace it with joy.-AK

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