Daily Topic for March 01, 2013

Acts 17:22
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious."

Throughout the world, missionaries encounter members of unreached people groups who are “very religious,” just like the people of Athens. Is “being religious” a step in the right direction? In this case, it didn’t seem to be since only a few from Athens became followers as a result of Paul’s preaching. He didn’t spend much time with them, but instead went on to Corinth where he hoped to find spiritually hungry hearts. Yet there are people out there who have spiritual questions, and have no answers except those given by “religion.” How will our missionaries find them?

Pray that the Lord will lead today’s workers to the “religious” people who are sincerely looking for truth and righteousness.

Missionary Biography: Bill Kapitaniuk

The elderly guest in the Kapitaniuk’s home said to Bill Kapitaniuk and his two brothers, “I’d like to pray for you. Would you like to accept Christ into your hearts?” Mainly to be polite, the boys knelt around the table and prayed. Something happened to Bill that day.

Bill was born in the Ukraine in the U.S.S.R. in 1928. As Communism consolidated its hold on the Soviet Union, his family fled to Poland and from there emigrated to Canada. After high school, Bill decided to study the Bible at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta. To help pay expenses, he mended shoes using old tires to repair boots.

One day Peter Deyneka, founder of the Slavic Gospel Association, spoke at Prairie Bible Institute. In closing, he spoke of the Slavic people in Europe’s displaced persons camps. “World War II has left thousands of them destitute, homeless, jobless and without spiritual resources,” he said. “They are hungry to hear of a God who loves them and cares about what happened to them.” Bill Kapitaniuk had heard many missionary speakers at Prairie Bible Institute. But none had ever spoken of where he had been born.

But when Peter Deyneka spoke of the needs of the Slavic people in the displaced persons’ camps in Europe, his heart felt strangely drawn. He spoke Polish before he spoke English. Being Slavic in background, he understood that culture and wouldn’t need to spend years preparing. He could start right away!

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Pray for the Holy Spirit to prompt His ambassadors to go to the mission field this very year.

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