Daily Topic for May 24, 2010
One of the main obstacles keeping the Native American peoples from coming to Christ has been the greed and violence of pseudo “Christians” they meet. In today’s entry, we read about the Tapeba tribe that is being driven out of their homeland by outside “Christian” people. How will they ever know of the Christ who laid down His life for His Church if all they see are outsiders who are lawless and robbers?
Pray that loving and kind ambassadors for Christ will go to the Tapeba people and tell them of the love of the true heavenly Father.
The police fired shots, and the Tapeba tribesmen fled into the jungles of Brazil. Some natives fled in canoes down the swift-flowing Ceara River that runs through their land. The Ceara is a tributary of the mighty Amazon River. The next day the police left and the men who had bribed them brought in trucks and began chopping down trees. They would leave no tree behind in their quest to make money.
There are 15,000 Tapeba tribesmen living in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Their language is already extinct. The last speaker of the Tapeba language has died and all members of the tribe now speak Portuguese. Intruders, out to harvest the rich lumber on the Tapeba reservation, threaten the very lives of this people group who depend on the trees and plants for their survival. Many Tapebas have already been killed by those who want to steal their land and resources.
The Tapebas worship nature spirits. No one has made a serious effort to tell them that salvation is available through Jesus Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to protect the Tapeba people group from those out to kill and rob. Pray that a missionary agency will be led to reach out to this people group with the message of salvation. Ask God to end the corruption that allows people to exploit the Tapeba and other tribes living in the jungles of Brazil.