Daily Topic for June 01, 2013

Daniel 6:28
So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Scholars have estimated that Daniel was about 90 years old; he was toward the end of his lifetime of civil service to a couple of regimes when he experienced God’s miraculous protection in the lion’s den. God honored Daniel’s faith and obedience and used him to bless Babylonians, Chaldeans, Medes, and Persians. We may confidently expect to enjoy fellowship together around the throne of God with members of each of these ancient peoples, partly because of what Daniel did. Daniel was faithful to his mission. Will Daniel be able to enjoy fellowship at that same gathering with representatives of other people groups because we too have been faithful to the task to which the Lord calls us?

Pray that God will give us the perseverance to serve Him well like Daniel of old.

Missionary biography, Hendrik van Dijken

by RA

The year was 1866. Four young Dutch missionaries were sailing through the Straits of Malacca. The intended port for these glory bearers was present day Papua, Indonesia.

Enroute to Papua they met a Christian man named Moli. He appealed to the four missionaries to begin mission work in the Maluku islands. They heard a “Macedonian Call” much like the one described in Acts 16:6-12. Three of them, Hendrik van Dijken, T. F. Klaassen, and A. De Bode, answered that call, changed their plans, and began a work in this area. The work was slow and painstaking. The first baptisms took place in 1874 when they dedicated the first church.

The growth of the church came after 1900 when a perceived “new” missionary method was applied. People were baptized in groups (households). This rapid growth began in Tobelo in 1898 and developed quickly throughout the islands from 1900.

“Perintis Injil” (pioneer of the gospel) reads the inscription at the base of the present-day bronze statue that memorializes Van Djiken’s obedience to Christ. Several mango trees from that time period shade the land where Van Djiken and his colleagues planted the gospel in the Maluku area of Halmahera.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for today’s believers to hear and respond to God when He calls them to re-direct their efforts. Pray for entire households of unreached people groups to embrace Isa Al Masih (Jesus, the Messiah).

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