Daily Topic for June 08, 2010
The Corinthian church was not a “beautiful people” church. But Paul explained that God had chosen them to reveal the folly and weakness of the wise and strong of this world. The Komering people of Indonesia have low status, just like the Corinthians. Could God again be calling the “foolish” to shame the “wise?”
Pray for more Komering people to demonstrate what God can do with those who are willing to take Him at His word.
Guilt by association. That might be an accurate description of how many Indonesian residents feel about the Komering people. Because of the violent and criminal behavior of a few, the Komerings have developed a reputation as dangerous, volatile people who should be avoided at all costs.
“The stigma of violence,” wrote one blogger, “make komering verry (sic) disappointed.”
In reality, most Komering people are well disciplined in both social life and religion. They exhibit hospitality and show respect to their elders. Much of their culture revolves around a brand of folk Islam that mixes teachings from the Qur’an with belief in evil spirits and dukuns (shamans).
Most of the Komerings live in the southeastern part of Sumatra. A full third of their population lives in poverty, lacking adequate medical care, clean water and educational opportunities.
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Pray for the Lord to reveal to the Komering people the forgiveness He has provided in the life, death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into this harvest field, to preach and demonstrate the Kingdom of God. Pray for Christian humanitarian aid organizations to realize this need and provide resources for the Komering people. Ask the Lord to remove disappointment, guilt, and the stigma of violence and replace it with His indescribable gift of love. Pray for disciplers who will help these people become all that God wants them to be.