Daily Topic for April 16, 2011
Repentance is the key to salvation. In this statement, Paul gave the Athenians the gospel in a nutshell. If you do any witnessing, you may be shocked by how many people from the reached West don’t understand that it’s not “being a good person,” but repenting from sin that is the key to salvation. In folk Islamic cultures like the ones you will find in the Comoros Islands, people generally believe that salvation rests on having their good deeds outweigh their bad ones. But repentance is an ongoing process. Even the most godly men among us sin every day. Perhaps, we let pride take over our lives. Do we need to repent from not putting Christ first in our lives and letting the Great Commission slip away from us?
Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead us to repentance whenever we stray from His perfect will.
Two years ago the world was transfixed by the news story of a horrific Yemeni Air flight crash in the Indian Ocean. The only survivor was one 12- year-old Comorian girl who was traveling with her mother from Paris to the Comoros Islands. Many readers had never heard of Comoros. They are four volcanic islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. The Comorians gained their independence from France in 1975. Three of the islands have set up an Islamic state, while the island of Mayotte uses French law as their model.
The islands are desperately poor, and some of the inhabitants do not like living in an Islamic state, so many Comorians have emigrated to France, since many already speak French as a trade language. Ninety-four thousand Comorians now live in French cities. The majority of these are in Paris. Their primary language, however, is Maore, and they adhere to the Sunni Islam faith.
Even though there are 780 mosques in the Comoros Islands, they are poorly attended. The Comorians have blended occult practices and spirit possession with Islam. In the Comoros there are virtually no followers of Christ except for a handful on the island of Mayotte where there is religious freedom. Though it is very difficult to reach them in the Comoros, there is a great opportunity to witness to these islanders in Paris.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that missionaries will be successful in penetrating Comorian neighborhoods in Paris with programs and outreaches that can give them hope and win their hearts to Christ.