Daily Topic for May 17, 2010
How many people in the world still haven’t heard of the Lord Jesus? It is very difficult to say. The Bible is translated into languages that are spoken by 90 percent of the world. Christian radio broadcasts blanket the earth. But there are about 8,000 small people groups who don’t yet have any members in the body of Christ. They need Christian missionaries who understand their language and culture so they can have fellowship and grow in Christ.
Pray that groups like the Wayanas may soon hear about Christ within their own culture!
Many Western congregations have attendees numbering more than 415. Does God dismiss an entire ethnic group because they have fewer members than such a church? Jesus died for even one Wayana Indian who reaches out to Him from their lands near the head of the Paru River in Brazil. Yet there are 415 who are “insufficiently evangelized” according to one source.
Many mining companies have now applied for permits to mine in the area reserved for indigenous peoples like the Wayanas. Conflict is brewing; 11 miners have recently been killed by locals.
Were the miners to come into a village when the Wayana people were celebrating “Marake,” they would see people in tall masks representing a bird they believe was involved in creation. Then they would see containers filled with Tucandeira ants placed on the chest of a young person on the threshold of adulthood. While they may receive as many as 50 excruciating bites or more, the youth must stay still and quiet so he can “enter into adulthood.”
Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Wayanas toward the gospel, and for the Lord to call workers to make disciples of them. Pray for the salvation of many Wayana souls. Pray that the Wayana people will not harm those who come into their villages and that this tribe will be protected from the onslaught of the outside world.