Daily Topic for June 16, 2010

Psalm 119:138
The statutes You have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.

The Deli Malay people have put their faith in all kinds of beliefs. At one time, they were influenced by the two major Eastern religions, and now they follow Islam. All the while they also believe in appeasing nature spirits. None of these are fully trustworthy! What will it take for them to put their faith in the One who is the Word?

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among the Deli Malay people so that they will recognize God’s truth, and find it to be fully trustworthy.

Deli Malay People

by W.K.

The drizzle became a downpour, adding to the drama of the puppet show. People sat in the village center under a tarp as a storyteller used puppets to spin a tale about the distant past. Puppet plays are an important part of Deli Malay culture. This people group tells stories brought to them from far and wide. The Delis may be Muslim, but they have no qualms about telling stories about Rama, a Hindu god, or about Buddha.

The Deli Malay people live on the north coast of central Sumatra. This region was once along the trade route with India and China. Over many centuries this people group has been contacted by traders from India who brought them Hindu and Buddhist teachings. Later Muslim traders brought Islam to this people group. Today almost all Deli people are Muslims, but they also still believe in nature spirits. Shamans still cast spells to protect the Delis from evil spirits.

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Pray that God will raise up “storytellers” to bring the gospel message to the Deli Malay people through puppet shows and other appropriate means. Ask God to provide this people group with adequate food. There is an open door for community development workers to reach out with better farming methods and the message of salvation. Pray that a mission agency would be led to translate the entire Bible into Deli.

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