Daily Topic for May 14, 2010

Romans 15:20
It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.

This verse could be the motto of all frontier mission-minded Christians! Paul was certainly a leader in the early Church both in spiritual and organizational matters. But his heart was always concerned with the frontiers of the gospel, where Christ had not been named. Of course there are many people who need to be won to Christ here at home and in other cultures that already have a church of their own. And certainly new Christians must be trained well. Yet we must not forget Paul’s example.

Pray that the Lord will raise up modern day “Pauls” to go to completely unreached tribes like the Kalapalo people of Brazil.

Kalapalo People of Brazil

by MB

A hush fell over a Kalapalo family as each person simultaneously looked to the darkening sky for “The Shadow.” This shadow was the spirit of their deceased patriarch, coming to visit his grieving family for the last time before he traveled east (in the direction of the sunrise) to forever live in the village of the dead.

These completely unreached people are prime for missionaries to bring the gospel for two reasons. First, God has uniquely prepared this people to receive the Messiah through their own indigenous folklore, which includes a creator of all things (Kwatini), and a female savior figure from whom all men originally came (Sakefenu). In addition, they believe that upon death, all men travel to an eternal village in the sky where the sun rises. God has already placed eternity in their hearts, and missionaries can introduce Kwatini and Sakefenu to them as God the Father, and Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all Creation.

Secondly, through no effort of their own, the Kalapalo Indians of Central Brazil live in a national reserve that is protected on all sides and has been completely isolated from the Brazilian social and economic influences that reach almost every other tribe. Thus, their culture is undisturbed by the outside world and surrounding tribes, which gives missionaries a clean slate to start introducing the gospel.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to raise up a team to bring the gospel to this truly unreached people group.

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