Daily Topic for March 04, 2011

Matthew 9:38
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.

If you have been using the GPD for any length of time, you will notice that we are constantly praying some variation of this prayer for many of the unreached people groups. By using this daily prayer guide for the nations, you are praying for Him to send out workers. But still, the workers are few. Could it be that He is calling some to the harvest field, and people are either not listening, or unwilling to go?

Pray that those people God calls will have receptive hearts for His Kingdom work.

Ainu People in Russia and Japan

by WK

The Ainu man gazed at the Jomon pottery display in the Russian museum. He couldn’t believe that his people had once made such refined pottery. The Ainu once ruled all of Japan, back in the days when his people still knew something of Kami, the Ancient One.

A Russian man approached him. “Are you an Ainu by any chance?” “Yes, I am. I’m visiting for the first time.” “I saw this display about Kami, the god whom the Ainu worship.” The Ainu man replied, “I have heard of him, but I know nothing about him. That’s why I worship the sacred bear.”

The Ainu live on Sakhalin Island, in Russia’s Far East. There are also a few Ainu living on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. This people group raises reindeer and also does much fishing. Recently oil has been discovered on Sakhalin, and the Ainu have been exposed to modern technology. There are only a handful of followers of Christ among the Ainu people. There hasn’t been a missionary living with this people group since the 1830s.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Ainu people would come to know Jesus Christ as the one who died to save them from their sins. Ask God to break the hold that animism and shamanism have on this people group.

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