Daily Topic for May 21, 2010
The Samaritan woman Jesus was addressing understood something that the Guato people of Brazil also know: water is life. Without it, we cannot survive. Jesus was trying to get her to understand something that the Guato people also need to grasp: We all need spiritual water for survival and that only comes from the One we call the Water of Life.
Pray that the Guatos and other tribes of the Amazon River Basin will soon understand their need for spiritual water.
“Water is important since there is no life without it. Our people cannot move away from our wetlands because our life is bound to water. We draw our food from water. In the water we maintain our homes, and we live without harming our environment,” says one Guato man. They call themselves “people of the river.” North American researchers call them “aquatic nomads.”
Once considered extinct, the Guato Indians now number approximately 400. They live in the Pantanal Region of southwestern Brazil, the largest wetland area in the world, and one of the most pristine and biologically diverse areas on earth. Some of this region spills over into Paraguay and Bolivia.
In the past, they practically lived in their canoes. The women sat in back to steer, while the men hunted from the front of the canoe. During the dry season, from April to October, the Guatos sometimes even spent the night on the river in their canoes. Only during the rainy season do they move to a high, dry spot of land and erect temporary shelters.
Today, some of the Guato have menial jobs, while some of the men serve as guides for eco-tourists. About 20 percent consider themselves Catholic, and about 80 percent practice folk religion.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord would send hearty evangelical missionaries to live in the vast Pantanal Region. Pray that the Guato will come to know Christ, the true Living Water.