Daily Topic for June 02, 2011
At first glance, it seems that Paul was being naïve, but we must remember that he lived under the thumb of the Roman Empire. What about wicked and depraved “kings and all those in authority” like the Khmer Rouge? Do we pray for them as well? Will we really live “godly, peaceful, and holy” lives if we pray for them? Yes, but only if we pray as the Holy Spirit directs us. Only then can the Holy Spirit transform our minds so that we can pray for evil leaders as we should.
Pray that our minds will be transformed to conform to the ways of God as we pray for those in authority, even those who are wicked to the core.
Jenny was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 1961, and was raised in a Buddhist family. As a child she knew little about Jesus. She was a teenager during the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime that drove Jenny and her family to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she heard more about Christ, and she was attracted to His teachings. In 1981, at the age of 20, Jenny, her widowed mother, and five siblings immigrated to Chicago to start a new life.
After marrying Kreg in 1990, the two of them began a 12-year ministry in Cambodia in health, literacy, water purification projects, and evangelistic Bible studies through World Concern. Some of these evangelistic Bible studies were conducted among the unreached Krung people group. The Mallows were first able to work among the unreached Krung through a training project for Cambodian nurses who were learning to do basic dental care (See day 17). In 1996, the Mallows began a literacy project in partnership with another mission. Since the Krungs previously had no writing system, missionaries had to develop one. They also developed literacy primers which the teachers used in the newly established classes. For the first time the Krung people started to read and write in their own language. This opened the door for the Bible to be translated later into Krung.
In 2001 the Mallows went on sabbatical. During this time Kreg earned an MA in Theology and Missions from Wheaton College Graduate School.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to move through missionary families on sabbatical.