Daily Topic for June 12, 2010
Again we see Paul’s pattern of ministry. Jesus not only took on human form, but actually became a member of one people group. He was born and grew up within the Jewish culture. God became a Jew in order to win the Jews. When Jesus commissioned His followers to disciple the non-Jewish nations, He also expected these disciples to become all things to all men so that by all possible means (they) might save some (9:22).
Pray that Batak believers will become like the Mandailing Bataks in order to win them to Christ.
Yan splashed water over his face with his father after a hard day’s work harvesting rice and unwittingly began to clean his arms up to the elbows like they did before entering a mosque. His father laughed and commented, “We are going home to eat dinner, not to the mosque.” Yan looked down and blushed.
Walking up the trail to their home, Yan asked, “Why are so many of the other Batak people Christian? Why aren’t they Muslims like us?” His dad replied, “We know the truth. They read the corrupted Bible rather than listen to the prophet. Maybe some day the Bataks will come to their senses.”
Yan and his father are from the Mandailing Batak people. Three things make them proud. One is that they are among the only Batak subgroups that is Muslim, rather than Christian. Secondly, they regard themselves as more polite than their more outspoken cousins. And thirdly, they can trace their ancestry back at least 20 generations.
Yet they face some difficult challenges in the 21st century. Their rice farming techniques do not produce enough crops, and their educational system needs to be improved.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Indonesian believers to go to the Mandailing Bataks to help with their physical and spiritual challenges. Pray that they will soon realize that obedience to the Qur’an isn’t good enough; they need the Savior. Pray that these proud people will soon walk humbly with their God.