Daily Topic for June 02, 2013

Habakkuk 1:5
Look at the nations and watch-and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

It sometimes seems today that God is silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves (1:13). But as we watch the ebb and flow of international affairs through the centuries, we can be confident that God is wisely and fairly working out His purposes until the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (2:14). Those who lost their lives to Laskar Jihad did not die in vain. God is using the blood of His martyrs in Indonesia, and all over the world.

Pray for the nations to watch and understand what God is doing in Indonesia, even when it involves tragedy.

Missionary Biography, Continued. Fast Forward to Today

by RA

Only a short walk from the present day tribute to the faithfulness of these three missionaries lies a sharply contrasting memorial to a more recent story. From 1999 to 2002 one of the largest jihad efforts to eradicate the few Christians in this eastern area of Indonesia was launched.

This second and more recent memorial stands less than 100 meters from the bronzed likeness of the first bearer of the gospel; two divergent kingdoms are represented therein. The moss covered remains of a bombed out church building chronicles the stark contrast between the transformational power of the gospel and the cruelty and fallen-ness of man. A mass grave reflects a small representation of those who were killed at that time in the conflict. This mass grave tells the tale of those who were eviscerated, bludgeoned, decapitated, maimed, and hunted down by Laskar Jihad and other Muslim terrorist groups. Many of their children were stolen and shipped back to Java to be raised in Islamic boarding schools and madrasas. This has resulted in a generation of stolen children and many eradicated families who dared to say the name of Jesus. The challenge is to finish what Hendrik Van Djiken and others began by faith.

The Lombok Riots of January 17, 2000, which targeted the few Christians in this area, were incited by the violence unleashed in the Ambon, Maluku, and Poso areas of Indonesia. Islamic solidarity and prowess expressed a higher stakes commitment from that day forward.

Pray for Muslim Indonesians to understand God’s perspective on these two “monuments” offering such contrasting spirituality.

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Pray for the nations to watch and understand what God is doing in Indonesia, even when it involves tragedy.

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