Daily Topic for June 24, 2010
Taking the gospel to a people who have never heard it is demanding—physically, mentally, emotionally, and most of all spiritually. And the harvest may only come after months and years of sowing seed. Satan’s major weapons—discouragement, division, disease, and delay—are often aimed at those who labor on the front lines to advance the gospel. The apostle Paul needed the prayers of the saints, just like frontier missionaries today.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to refresh workers among the Lematang people. Pray that the Lord will raise up faithful believers to help produce jobs that will bless the Lematangs.
“Aanjay, there are jobs in the city!” Matius announced. “This could be a chance to build our own future.” When they married, the Lematang custom required Matius (his name meaning “gift of God”) to move into his wife’s home. That would have been okay except that Aanjay’s older sister already had precedence. So Matius and Aanjay discussed how they could build their own future together. Matius had learned of a company exploring for oil and natural gas in an area within the traditional Lematang lands of southern Sumatra. “This could be our chance,” Aanjay agreed. The young couple began to make plans to get jobs with the company.
Generally, the Lematangs live as a community. Their houses face the roadway, which encourages people to visit with each other. Agriculture serves as their primary income and employment. Leaving the home village is rare, but acceptable. Even in another location they remain part of the group. When Matius and Aanjay move to the city, the people of their village will expect them to return for community activities and group decisions. Even if they leave Sunni Islam to follow Christ, they could still visit their home, but they would no longer be members of the community.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Christ-followers would heed God’s call to give out His Word to people working in the new industries coming to Sumatra. Pray that God would reveal His ultimate gift to the Lematang people.