Daily Topic for June 30, 2009

II Cor. 10:3
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does."

Elsewhere in Scripture we know that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against malevolent spirit beings. Paul knew this very well, and it probably kept him patient with the hostile people he often encountered. Could it be that cross cultural workers today need this same patience?

Pray that today’s workers in Cambodia will have the patience that Paul had in light of the fact that their battle is spiritual, not carnal.

Kui People of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand

The Kui people are the greatest elephant handlers in Laos, but in Thailand, the Kui people must do other things since there have been no wild elephants in that country since 1961. Thailand’s deforestation has been a mixed blessing for the Kui people. On one hand, it has kept them from the fame and excitement that their cousins across the border enjoy. On the other hand, there is an excitement that the Kui people would prefer not to deal with, the spirits of the forests. Who wants to put themselves in danger of these angry gods? The Kuis who find elephants in the forests of Laos believe they must make offerings to the spirits before they can safely enter a wooded area.

Between Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, there are about 292,000 Kui people. The Kui people consider themselves to be devout Buddhists, though they practice traditional animism on a daily basis. The Kuis have a couple of Catholic churches and a Bible that was translated 31 years ago. They even have the JESUS Film and radio broadcasts. Yet the vast majority remain indifferent to Christ.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that as the Church Planting Movement works in Kui communities that God will use them to stimulate a deep interest in following Christ. Pray that the JESUS Film and Christian radio broadcasts will lead to the Kui people writing and performing dramas about the life of Christ and sharing it far and wide.-KC

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