Daily Topic for June 29, 2010
The people of Belitung Island live in harmony, which is a good thing. Conflict between religious and ethnic groups is always bad news. As Christ’s ambassadors, we need to respect other people’s spiritual beliefs, but we don’t need to agree with them. The “sons of the Kingdom” refers exclusively to those who follow Christ. In the spiritually confused environment of Belitung Island, it will be hard for people to accept that Jesus is the only way.
Pray for the Lord to make inroads into Buddhist and Muslim communities on Belitung Island through His Word, and through dreams and visions.
“When you visit Belitung Island you will see people of different ethnic groups, including many Chinese, happily sitting in the coffee shops together.” Mas Heru was telling Chinese visitors about life on this small island off the southern coast of Sumatra. “The people respect each other and everyone feels equal. There are Chinese Buddhists and some Christians. I’m Muslim; this is the primary religion of most people on the island. We believe special rituals and magic spells help appease and control both the good and bad spirits. You must visit the Buddhist Temple of Kwan Im. She is the Bodhisattva of our island. At her temple we all pray for good fortune so we can make a lot of money. She said, ‘Sow the seeds of goodness and you will reap happiness in your life.’ I always go to their temple with my worship chopsticks and pray for her blessing on me.”
The 164,000 Malay speaking people of Belitung Island are described as “unspoiled” and welcoming. Their livelihood is primarily from fishing, agriculture, small businesses, and the tin industry.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that committed believers will live on Belitung and lead the people to understanding God through the teachings of Jesus. Pray that their hearts will open to understanding Matthew 13:37-38 ...“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom….” Pray that the people of Belitung will become good seeds for the Kingdom of God in Indonesia.