Daily Topic for June 28, 2010

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Jesus said that He is the peace giver. This is not a peace that the world gives. It is not the kind of peace that people get by viewing a beautiful river. It is internal, not external. Thus we can take it with us into the worst circumstances. Isn’t that the best kind of peace?

Pray that the Asahan people will seek and find the internal peace that only Jesus can provide.

Asahan People

by PD

“Pak Sulaiman, this is the most beautiful river I have ever rafted on! What will happen to your village if the new dam is built?” the tourist asked. Sulaiman, a native of Asahan replied, “A hydro-power plant would destroy most of the whitewater for rafting. But to have new rubber tree plantations and jobs we need the dam. I’ve heard things are not going well. The foreign investors came with their plans, but they left before they started to build. I don’t think the investors trusted people in the government. There is so much beauty around our villages and yet we have little peace in this land. Only Allah can bring peace.”

There are about 523,000 Asahan people living on the beautiful eastern coast of northern Sumatra. Agriculture and fishing, especially of oysters, allow an adequate livelihood. The cultivation of the natural rubber has the potential of providing them with a better economy that will be possible if the new dam is built.

Asahan people combine their animistic beliefs with Islam. They do not have any part of the Bible in their Asahan language, which is part of the Malay language cluster. Increased violence against believers in northern Sumatra has caused fear and has repressed the Christian outreach and dialog with Muslims about the Living God and His Word.

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Pray that God will provide a way for the Asahans to know and accept the Prince of Peace as their Savior so they will have true peace.

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