Daily Topic for June 18, 2012
Live in Him, be rooted in Him! The centrality of Christ becomes clear once again in this verse. Throughout church history, people have often gravitated away from Jesus and focused their faith and devotion on something less than Christ Himself. Church traditions, saints, institutions, etc. are fine only if put in their proper place. People like the Bouyei people who have not responded to the Name of Christ offer their devotion to even lesser things like superstitions and shamanistic rituals.
Pray that the Lord prepares the hearts of the Bouyei people to receive Christ. Pray that they will be deeply rooted and built up in the faith so that they will give Him all of their devotion and gratitude.
Grandmother opened the door of her solid rock home in the forested Bouyei village. “Kui! What are you doing here?” 14 year-old Kui beamed as she announced, “Mother’s baby is being born now. She asks that you come to the house.” Grandmother asked, “Did your father place a tree limb across the door? Did he call the shaman? Has he dug the hole under the bed for the placenta? “Yes, Grandmother. And the shaman has built an altar to the ancestors, and he is climbing a knife ladder now to show the power of the spirits.” Grandmother muttered approval and accompanied Kui to be sure all the proper preparations were in place.
Missionaries from the past are quoted as saying that the Bouyei are “crafty, lying, and dishonest people.” It is reported that they have martyred many missionaries over the last 200 years. But this is only the symptom of the disease, and the disease is ignorance of the gospel. Seventy-seven percent of the Bouyei people have never heard of Jesus, and most of the others are indifferent. Of the three million Bouyeis there are only about 5,000 believers.
Pray for the powers and principalities over the Bouyeis to be broken, and Christ to be made known. Pray for Bouyei leaders to accept salvation through Jesus. Pray for Chinese believers who are working with the Bouyei. May they be bold and filled with the Spirit as they make the gospel known.