Daily Topic for May 26, 2010

Joshua 1:5
As I was with Moses, I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

How precious this promise must have been to Joshua as he assumed leadership of Israel! Right now, the Kariri people are in need of a good leader who will work on their behalf. In a way, Araujo laid down his life for his people. They need a leader who will “not forsake them” just as God the Father promised Joshua.

Pray that the Kariri people will soon embrace Christ who will never forsake them. Pray that they will experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who will be with them always. Pray for Kariri leaders who will lead their people to the One who died for their sins at Calvary.

Kariri People of Brazil

by JR

The Kariri people suffered a significant loss when in 1998 their chief, Francisco de Assis Araujo, was assassinated. Araujo had worked for over 12 years for the demarcation of indigenous lands so that land rights would be legally recognized. At that time Indian lands were being arbitrarily taken over by outsiders. His murder followed that of another land rights worker, an attorney who had won rights for the Kariris regarding 68,000 acres in 1995.

Land disputes are just one issue the Kariri people are facing. Their 8,000 members are also plagued by abject poverty (perhaps partly because outsiders are taking their resources).
Spiritually, the Kariris are better off than many of their neighbors. According to the Joshua Project, five percent of them are evangelical. But much work is yet to be done.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that those Kariri who love Jesus will hear and respond to His call to go to the nations with His gospel. Pray that workers will find ways to help the Kariris in their daily lives, to the glory of Christ. Pray for resources like the Portuguese JESUS Film to become readily available to this tribe. Pray that land rights issues would be settled with justice, not to be violated.

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