Daily Topic for December 28, 2009

Luke 1:54-55
"He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as He said to our fathers."

Through Christ, God showed His mercy, not only to the children of Israel, but also to the rest of the world. Javanese people from Indonesia recognized their need for mercy when they faced a crisis in the mid 1960s. Though the majority remain Muslim, there is a strong minority of followers of Christ, because many fled to the merciful arms of Jesus. As you will see from today’s reading, the Indonesians who live in Saudi Arabia are also in need of mercy. But mercy is in very short supply in this land of rigid laws and harsh injustice.

Pray that the Indonesians in Saudi Arabia will flee to the Merciful One. Pray that they will be His instruments of mercy to the Saudi Arabs.

Indonesians in Saudi Arabia

The maid mopped the floors in the large Arabian mansion, glad that she didn’t have to work in the desert sun. She came from the island of Java and had quickly learned that the dry heat of Saudi Arabia felt very different from the wet humidity of her native Indonesia. The maid then said a quick prayer to Allah and resumed mopping. Being in the land where Islam was born somehow didn’t make her feel any closer to Allah. The Saudis practiced the same empty rituals she’d practiced at the mosque in Java.

There are 850,000 Indonesian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Many work as servants for rich Saudi families, earning much less than Saudi nationals. But that wage is much more than what they could have earned back in Indonesia.

Sometimes there have been problems. Migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have little legal protection. Those who are physically abused have little recourse except to quit and go home. But quitting is possible only if the employer hadn’t confiscated the worker’s passport, which often happens. Protests by the Indonesian government have done little to improve working conditions.

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Pray that the efforts of Satan to twist justice in Saudi Arabia will be frustrated. Pray that the Muslim Indonesians will see what “true Islam” looks like, and flee to the loving arms of Jesus.-WK

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