Daily Topic for June 15, 2010
In their own way, this is what the Riau Malay people are trying to do for their children. In Deuteronomy, God was emphasizing the importance of internalizing His Word. The Riau people have their children write verses of the Qu’ran and hide them in their clothes, as a symbolic way of internalizing what they believe is the final word of the Almighty. Who will bring them the true Word of God? Pray that the Riau Malays will soon put their faith in the true Word of God, the Bible.
Pray that Riau Malay households across central Sumatra will be open to Christ’s salvation and lordship.
The children sat at a table in the wooden school hut writing verses from the Qur’an on paper, which they would later hide in their clothes. That’s what the teacher had told them to do. Like many tribes living on the island of Sumatra, the Qur’an is their only religious book. Muslim missionaries had converted most Riau Malay people to Islam over a thousand years ago, and Islam had been taught in their schools for as long as anyone could remember.
The Riaus are peaceful farmers living on the northern coast of central Sumatra. They are closely related to the Malays living across the sea from them in Malaysia. It would be safe to call them a Malay subgroup. They keep to themselves and don’t mingle with outsiders. But they do cling tightly to Islam, the one outside idea this people group has embraced. The Riau tend to be distrustful of Christian missionaries, or anyone else bringing them strange religious ideas.
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Pray that God would open the hearts of the Riau Malay people to Christ and His message of salvation. May the Riau Malay people come to see Him as the Son of God and not just a prophet. Ask the Lord to break their fear of outside ideas. Pray for more workers to reach out to this people group in a culturally appropriate manner. May the JESUS Film and gospel radio broadcasts be made available to the Riau Malay people.