Daily Topic for June 06, 2009
What could be more humbling than to know that everything we have comes from God! Even our talents are given us by the Creator, who has created us for His purposes. Today we are praying for the Cham people, one of the few Muslim groups in this region. Unlike their Buddhist neighbors, they understand that they must submit to a God of Creation.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Cham people the humility to give glory and worship to the One who gave us everything.
It was 600 years ago when Muslim missionaries won the Cham people of what is now Vietnam to the Islamic faith. Years later Vietnamese invaders drove the Chams into Cambodia. In their new homeland they remained separate from their Buddhist neighbors.
During the murderous rampages of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s, these Muslims came under the cruel fist of dictator Pol Pot. Many fled to refugee camps in Thailand. Now that democracy has been restored to Cambodia, a few Cham refugees have returned to their homeland. This Muslim people group finds itself rebuilding from scratch. Rebuilding their lives has proven to be a difficult process, according to an article entitled, Follow the (Saudi) Money: Can a Small Muslim Community in Cambodia Resist Being Pulled Toward Wahhabism?
Five years ago a Saudi-based Muslim Wahhabi group used their oil wealth to provide “aid” to the Cham people in Cambodia. Rising out of the flat landscape near the Mekong River was the al-Mukara Islamic School. Five hundred children, mostly Chams, attended this school before it was closed by the Cambodian government because of its ties to international terrorist networks.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will raise up believers who are filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit to provide quality education for Cham children, whose minds have been tainted by Wahhabism.-WK