Daily Topic for June 21, 2011
Peoples like Cambodia’s Pearic tribes typically seek the spirit world to meet their physical needs. They are blinded to their spiritual needs and the tragic eternal results from neglecting to seek and find their true Provider and Redeemer.
As we pray for God to meet the physical needs of the Eastern Pear people, pray that He will use His children to meet their spiritual needs as well.
The Eastern Pear people are indigenous to a mountainous area wracked by civil war as recently as 13 years ago. They are still struggling with other peoples regarding individual and communal land titles because many of the Pearic groups fled their homes in order to save their lives during the civil unrest. When they returned to their lands later, they found others living on it. Now many live outside their traditional districts.
Their languages and culture differ from those of other Cambodians. Some live in Thailand. Wherever possible, their economy is based on rice farming. For hundreds of years they have been collecting and selling cardamom and ginger. They share a number of these traits with tomorrow’s people group, as well as other Pearic tribes.
The Eastern Pear have managed to survive because of their willingness to move and change as the need arises. The Khmer peoples have dominated them since the Angkor Kingdom in the 13th century A.D. Through the centuries they have become more and more like the Khmer peoples. Like the Khmer, they are an animistic Buddhist people who appease forest spirits to insure a good harvest of the ginger they collect in the mountains. As far as we know, there are no followers of Christ among this little known unreached people group.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for a peaceful and just resolution to land title issues and the establishment of viable land tenure systems. Pray for Cambodian believers to evangelize the Pearic peoples. Pray for the Eastern Pear to soon have their own Bible and gospel recordings.