Daily Topic for June 13, 2013
Daniel and his friends did not serve in Babylon on missionary visas, but as trainees for civil service positions. They were among the first “tentmakers” working in positions of useful service among foreign nations; but they also served as representatives of the Most High God. Today, many countries have closed their doors to career missionaries. But God can use people like the Christian businessmen mentioned in this prayer entry. Those with medical skills can serve just about anywhere. The possibilities are endless!
Pray that our Heavenly Father will bless the 21st century tentmakers who serve Him in nations around the world.
It was a dark night when the survey team met with a new contact; a Christian businessman, in the capital city of the region populated by the Mamuju people of south-central Sulawesi. All were seated on a woven mat. The brightly lit dome of the area’s largest mosque lay visible through a nearby window as a poignant backdrop to those gathered. The discussion that night was about how a person could bring about a church planting movement (CPM) among the Mamuju people.
On a survey trip that ended in this city, it seemed that endless rice fields lay strewn across the territory of the Mamuju people. Children were also part of the landscape on this trip; those who wore school uniforms mingled alongside those who could no longer afford to attend school. At times, children were stationed at points along the road to collect offerings for the local mosque.
The religion of the Mamuju unites Islam with traditional occult practices. Commonly the Mamuju people consult the local dukun (shaman/healer) for healings as well as for the appeasement of demonic spirits. Their belief systems include celebrations and rituals that utilize sacred knives.
Pray for the implementation of CPM training that is being launched among the few believers in this area. Pray for the few believers who serve among the Mamuju to begin to trust God for entire households to come to faith.-MV
60,000 Muslims, no believers
Status: Unengaged in a church planting movement (CPM) effortLearn more at joshuaproject.net
Location: South-central coastal Sulawesi