Daily Topic for May 22, 2014

Isaiah 25:7-9
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces…. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us.”

There is plenty of reason for tears to be shed by peoples like the Matis. They suffer from contagious diseases and from both internal and external abuse. The 21st century will most likely be a harsh time for them. But we also know that some from the Matis tribe will put their trust in Christ. Those that do will be comforted by the One who holds the future.

Pray for the Matis people to look to Christ for physical and spiritual salvation during these difficult times.

Matis People

by PD

Once semi-nomadic, moving their villages every few years when game ran low or fields became infertile, the small number of Matis people now live in only two villages, Aurelio and Beija Flor. Contact with the outside world has decimated their population, and many have died from contagious diseases such as hepatitis. The Brazilian government no longer permits visitors to go to their villages except by special invitation, though some outsiders go to them with medical care.

The Matis people live in rudimentary shelters, and most of their food is obtained through hunting game such as monkeys that they kill with blowguns. Fishing and some agricultural foods supplement their diet.

Ritual ceremonies are a major part of their lives. Preparations for the rituals involve painting bright pigments on their unclothed bodies, wearing masks and sometimes covering themselves with clay. During the “Marvin” ceremony, they dance and carry sticks normally used to discipline children. One agonizing ritual involves the giving of “energy” from one person to another. Typically an older male gives his “energy” to a younger boy. Some of the methods of giving energy are whippings and the injection of frog venom. Some younger Matis desire a better life including education, but their elders want traditions to be maintained.

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Pray that God will open a way for believers to be involved with the Matis people in the areas of health and education. Pray that the Matis people will open their hearts to the God who loves them and experience “life to its fullest.”

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