Daily Topic for June 27, 2014

Mark 16:15, 16
Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Jesus did not say to pray five times a day, though that is a noble thing to do. He did not say to go on a pilgrimage. Unlike Muslim peoples like the Buginese, our salvation is not dependent upon obeying certain laws. We are simply told to believe in His death and resurrection as payment for our sins. Good works will follow as we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us.

Pray that the Buginese people will understand that their works will not earn them a place in the Kingdom. Pray that they will put their faith in the Risen Savior.

Buginese (Bugis) People

by SS, Guest writer

Do you know the origin of the name “boogeyman”? During the Spice Islands trade of centuries past, the Bugis people were known as marauding sea-faring pirates. Parents would tell their children that they must behave or they would be given over to the “boogie-man.”

The present day Bugis people depend upon their own good deeds to gain access to heaven. According to their worldview, if they pray five times daily and make the pilgrimage to Mecca, they will have a 99 percent guarantee of going to heaven.

There are over five million Buginese people spread out over southern Sulawesi Island. Due to their hostility towards Christianity and the intense spiritual warfare in this group, few Christian workers have stayed focused upon them for a long time. While on a prayer drive a couple of years ago, church planting mission teams learned that prayer is crucial. After two years of sharing Christ, follow up and prayer, only one household had become believers. Three other households had received Christ through this network, bringing the total to 17 people that came to the Light. With a population of 5,010,000, there are now only 10 known Bugis churches, and they are presently not reproducing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers into his harvest field. Pray that the eyes of the Bugis will be opened to see Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Pray that many Bugis households will turn from strongholds of Islam to freedom in Christ.-SS, Guest writer

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