Daily Topic for June 13, 2010
One of the greatest lessons we can learn from the apostle Paul was the way he adapted to the people whom he tried to win to Christ. In this entire passage, 1 Corinthians 9:19-22, Paul explains how he made himself a slave, put himself under the Jewish law, released himself from the Jewish law, and became weak—all to win certain people groups to Christ. One of the biggest challenges for missionaries to the unreached peoples of the world is how to understand the culture of those they want to win. Pray that God will grant wisdom to those who try to become all things to all men in order to save some.
Pray that today’s frontier missionaries among Malay peoples like the Sarawais will have wisdom and creativity to draw them to the Savior for all peoples.
By the banks of a river in Sumatra, a Sarawai fisherman cast his line into the swift flowing water hoping for a fish to bite. In the distance stood a group of huts on stilts. Each one had a drawing of the sun on the roof. That picture was a plea for the light of God. The fisherman waited for hours on that riverbank, but no fish were biting today. He has yet to hear that Jesus, the Son of God, is like a fisher of men for the One True God.
There are 300,000 Sarawai tribesmen living in the coastal jungles of southern Sumatra. Most of them are Muslims, but they are still searching for the light of God’s truth. The only religious book most Sarawai believe is the Qur’an. They do not yet have a complete Bible. There were once 2000 believers among this people group, but many of them have reverted back to Islam after a mission agency suspended operations in Sumatra. Now most Sarawai people have no contact with mature believers.
Ask God to draw back to Himself those who have returned to Islam.
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Pray that God would lead more mission agencies to serve among the Sarawai people. Pray that the Sarawai New Testament and JESUS Film will be widely distributed among this people group. Pray for a complete translation of the Bible into Sarawai. Pray that the Fisher of Men will have a good catch among the Sarawai people. Pray for open hearts among the Sarawais.