Daily Topic for June 05, 2008

1 Corinthians 9:22
"I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."

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.

Khmer People of Cambodia

Loung Ung, a Chinese-Cambodian, writes of her life as a child soldier in the killing fields of Cambodia from 1975-80 in her book First They Killed My Father. She writes in her eye-witness account of war, murder, child soldiers, refugees such as herself, and revenge. Ung concludes that today her restoration is in speaking for the Washington D.C. organization, “Campaign for a Land-mine Free World.” As she speaks, nightmares and hatred fade.

Eight years after publishing her book, a California newspaper, The Orange County Register dated January 6, 2008, in its travel section, encourages readers to backpack in Cambodia. According to “ABC News,” Cambodia’s Angor Wat temple complex, which was damaged and neglected during Cambodia’s civil war, is being rebuilt. What changes in one generation!

Spiritual changes are occurring as well, as tens of thousands have left Theravada Buddhism, and put their faith in Christ alone. Yet most of the Buddhist Khmer people still do not know that Jesus is the only one who offers redemption and healing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that thousands of Khmers will come to faith in Jesus this year. Pray that they will read the Bible and see the JESUS Film, both of which are available in their language. Pray for Samaritan’s Purse workers who work with Khmer prostitutes and their children, teaching them child care, nutrition, and job skills. Pray for safety for those seeking to remove land mines, a major source of death and injury.-TP

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