Daily Topic for May 07, 2010

Joshua 24:15
Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.

Choice is a great privilege—and a fearful responsibility. The greatest choice any individual or group will ever make is which god it will serve. Today as personal freedom is often exalted over virtue, the call to serve another may sound like foolishness. Yet even when carnal men think themselves most free, they find themselves in bondage to lust, greed or materialism. Scripture reminds us that God has created people for Himself, to love and serve Him. If we reject God and worship someone or something else, bondage and idolatry result. When we serve God wholeheartedly, we experience spiritual freedom. In the words of a hymn, “Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free. Force me to render up my sword and I shall a conqueror be.”

Pray for the Atikum-Uma people to chose Christ rather than spiritual beings that are trying to destroy them.

Atikum-Uma People in Brazil

by AK

The Atikum-Uma people have a very different idea of what healing means than we do. Knowledge of how to prepare a “healing” brew from the jurema plant root has passed from generation to generation in the Atikum-Uma tribe. They begin at the bottom of the Oma Mountain where the “sacred” plant grows prolifically. O Paje, a spiritual leader, chooses roots that face the rising sun. The outer bark is removed and the inner bark is put in a container full of cold water and squeezed repeatedly until the water turns deep reddish brown. Then mediums drink the psychoactive brew as part of a trance possession ritual that beckons the “enchanted beings of light.” These demons move into the bodies of mediums who perform a special dance that means, “Long live the jurema.” None of this group knows the eternal Jesus, whose blood heals us spiritually.
Several years ago, the tribe lost their rights to their indigenous land in the interior state of Pernambuco, Brazil. White people burned their houses and took their land away, claiming the Atikum-Uma were not Indians. They had to show an indigenous tradition to re-establish their Indian identity and reclaim the land. Thus, the jurema ritual has become even more important to them.

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Pray that God will send workers to harvest the spiritual souls of the Atikum-Uma people. May the Atikum-Uma people learn about Jesus and receive Him as Savior and Lord so that they can have spiritual healing.

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