Daily Topic for May 16, 2013
Part of what is difficult about frontier mission work is the motivation. There have been times in Church history when mission work was misused by people who used it to expand the political power of an empire. The Russian and the Spanish empires both used mission work to expand their influence among newly-conquered peoples. But in each case, there were missionaries who wanted to glorify God rather than an empire.
Pray that our hearts will be pure as we pray for the unreached, so that we will have the power to keep His Kingdom first and foremost in our hearts.
Yanih and Shibou were enjoying the extended-family barbecue until they overheard their cousin, Mikau ranting. Mikau said, “This is our country, and the Chinese have taken all the good jobs. Everyone resists Sharia Law as if they should be able to write their own laws in someone else’s country. And to make matters worse, the Christians are getting away with calling their God �Allah.’”
With that last statement, Yanih had to say something. “Did you know that the Christians in Arabia were calling Him Allah before Mohammed was born?” Mikau spat his coke on the ground and retorted, “If they want to use our name for God, then they should convert to Islam!” Shibou reached into the plastic tub of soft drinks, pulled out a decaffeinated cola, handed it to Mikau, and said, “Switch to decaf. And let the rest of us enjoy the get-together.”
This family is part of the over 25,000,000 Peninsular Malays of Malaysia. They are very diverse. Some like Mikau strongly identify with Islam. Others are much more tolerant in their views of other people groups. But both groups would agree that to be Malay is to be a Muslim. It is almost unthinkable for a Malay from Malaysia’s peninsula to think outside of the Islamic box.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Christ’s ambassadors to have the boldness to share Him with their Malay neighbors. Pray that God will open the door for Malays to embrace their true Savior.