Daily Topic for June 29, 2007

Colossians 4:3
"And pray for us, too, that God might open a door for our message."

We are often tempted to bemoan “closed doors”- areas where the clear proclamation of the gospel is prohibited or otherwise greatly hindered. In a certain sense, closed doors are God’s responsibility, but they also may be opened by the faithful, believing prayer of God’s people. Closed doors are of special concern to us because so many of the unreached peoples are located in areas which are “closed” to the gospel. We know that it is God’s will that these peoples hear and respond to His offer of life in Christ Jesus. We must remember that we face doors, not walls, and that they are only closed-not bolted, locked or jammed.

Lord, open doors for the clear proclamation of Your truth throughout the earth.

Muslim Malay People of Australia

Kurt squinted as he tried to discreetly look over Yan’s shoulder. In an Australian library, Yan was reading a book about the Malay Diaspora, and Kurt couldn’t stay away from anything on that topic. Yan smiled and handed him the book. Kurt gave an embarrassed laugh. In a kind tone, Yan said, “Of course you want to read it, this is about the Malay people, the most interesting people on earth! Who wouldn’t want to read about us?” “So I assume you are Malay, then,” Kurt said, gathering his composure. Yan replied, yes, and there are another 10,000 of us in your country. We have traveled the seas as sailors and traders, while others of us were once taken as slaves.” Kurt’s eyes bulged a bit as he repeated, “10,000? I have never met a Malay here in Australia before.” Yan replied, “We are greatly outnumbered by other Muslim peoples. Few of us have been here for more than 50 years. But people like me come here to your university libraries to study.”

Though the Muslim Malay people in Australia are relatively few in number, they have the opportunity to receive Christian materials. Pray that many will receive the JESUS Film and culturally appropriate Malay Bibles.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Australian Christians will befriend them and introduce them to Jesus.-KC

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