Daily Topic for June 01, 2010

1 Corinthians 9:19
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

It is hard for people to share Christ with those from their own culture. Yet it is even harder to share Him with those from vastly different cultures such as those in Sumatra, Indonesia. Today we are praying for a Western couple who gave up their careers to minister to a Muslim people group in Sumatra. It means sometimes living without the comforts of running water and reliable electricity. However, like Jim Elliot and other workers have done through the centuries, they were willing to sacrifice what they cannot keep to gain what they cannot lose. What a great deal!

Pray for more Western missionaries like JD and Sarah to be willing to make themselves servants of those they work with for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom across Sumatra.

Foreign Workers in Sumatra

Over the next three days, we will look at and discuss three couples serving among the unreached people groups of Sumatra. The harvest workers come primarily from three backgrounds: foreigners, Indonesians from Christian-background people groups, and Indonesians from Muslim-background people groups.

JD and Sarah represent the first group of workers. As a young couple, JD and Sarah had a growing sense that they were called to serve those who have very little, both in a physical and spiritual sense, who don’t know Christ. Nine years ago, they left behind their lucrative careers in the U.S. and moved to the other side of the world to serve among an unreached Sumatran people group. Their agricultural and engineering backgrounds allowed them to set up a local company that provides access into remote areas of Sumatra. Their efforts have also been instrumental in mobilizing and equipping Indonesian believers in outreach efforts. JD and Sarah’s vision is to see each unreached people group in Sumatra inundated with prayer and a gospel presence, so that each group has a movement of Christ-followers.

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Pray for JD, Sarah, and their two children that they have continued wisdom, boldness, health, and perseverance. Pray for the continued mobilizing and equipping efforts. Pray for JD, Sarah and their Indonesian partners as they provide encouragement and accountability to the teams covering Sumatra. Pray for more foreigners to commit to this work.

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