Daily Topic for June 21, 2010
Note the two facts especially relevant to the frontier mission movement: missionaries bring the fragrant gospel of Jesus Christ, and that message brings both life…and death! As missionaries fan out across Sumatra into every unreached people group, a sweet spiritual fragrance is released! Many people will be attracted to the marvelous, compelling gospel. Those who respond with faith and obedience will find new life in Christ. But to those who reject the message, there will be spiritual death.
Pray that His Word be quickly understood and taken to heart among the Rejang people. May thousands of them find the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
Malou turned up her nose as she caught scent of a nearby rafflesia flower in full bloom. It is the largest flower in the world and smells terrible! At around 20 lbs she wouldn’t be tempted to pick it anyway. She added a stalk of orchids to the bower of flowers she picked from the rain forest. They would grace the open porch of her traditional Rejang home to welcome guests. She quickly snapped off more orchids and scurried home.
As she went, Malou bowed her head to the eldest man in her village who holds the greatest respect and power, called the tua dusun, or tuai kutai. He is the spiritual mediator as well as the ceremonial leader. Each Rejang community has their own government and chief.
The Rejangs also have their own language. They are isolated from other people groups because they live high up in the mountains. Therefore, it is difficult to number them, but some think that there are as many as one million people in the group. Eighty six percent are Muslim, with the rest adhering to animistic beliefs. In the early 1950s missionaries were allowed to work among them, and lately small groups of Rejang believers have formed.
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Pray for protection and encouragement for the tiny groups of believers and that they would be a bold, loving witness for Christ among their people. Ask God to break up the hard soil of the Rejang hearts. Pray for the salvation of multitudes of Rejang souls.