Daily Topic for June 28, 2008
What a thrill to know that the gospel continues to bear fruit throughout the world! What a confirmation that the power of the gospel does not lie in human ingenuity! Today one of the greatest forces in spreading the gospel is the wave of Third World missionaries who are crossing cultural barriers to proclaim Christ. Their testimony, added to that of their Western colleagues, is producing fruit in nation after nation.
Pray that Third World missionaries will overcome the difficulties they face in moving out to share Christ with peoples who have never heard the gospel.
“We’re so glad we’re no longer in this jungle alone!” the Saek woman said to Nancy, a missionary who has made her home with the Saek people in Laos. “We were so afraid before there were more people living around us. All the trees that surround us are frightening… We are afraid to wander too far into the darkness or the jungles for fear of encountering a spirit.”
The Saek people are traditionally Buddhist, but the Animistic fear that dominates their daily activities better defines their belief system. The spirit world terrifies them. If a family member passes away inside a Saek home, they will sometimes completely abandon the house, afraid that the lingering spirit will incessantly torment them. Most of the 18,000 Saek people in Laos live in this sort of fear every day of their lives.
Saek women traditionally perform a “round dance,” for which they are famed. Their homes are made of wood or bamboo and suspended on stilts. Rice is their primary crop. They get much of the rest of their food from fishing and hunting.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Saek people. Pray that the bondages of Animism and Buddhism will be broken, giving way to freedom in Christ. Pray that God will raise up Saek communities that will love and serve Christ, setting an example for others to follow.-JR