Daily Topic for June 14, 2011

Psalm 145:20
The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.

The Kravet people have looked to the spirits to defend their villages in dangerous times. They believe that the spirits protected them during the wars that ravished Southeast Asia in the 60s and 70s. What they don’t know is that there is a wonderful God who loves them and wants to have a personal relationship with them. He is patient with those who do not know of His goodness and mercy. But He will also avenge the wicked. Will the Kravet people depend on fallen spirits to defend them in the future, or will they look to the One who watches over those who love Him?

Pray that Kravet people will recognize the One who looks over His children, and flee from wickedness that separates them from Christ.

Kravet Brao People

by GEC

As I entered the Kravet village, I stepped through a tall square gate. Unattached, it could not repel an attack. I saw no barrier to open or close. If my guide had not mentioned it, I may not have noticed the two bamboo posts on either side of the path attached with cross beams above and below. My guide told me it is a spirit gate. The elders feel certain that the spirit living in it protects them. During the war in nearby Vietnam and later during the rampages of the Khmer Rouge, their village went untouched. They believe the spirit in their gate protected them, so they remain devoted to that spirit. They use a small patch of land nearby to sacrifice water buffalos to appease this spirit.

This represents one part of the belief system of the Kravet, a sub-section of the Brao people group. Their religion involves many taboos, as well as appeasement for good and bad spirits.

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Pray that missionaries can win the trust of Kravet village elders. Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften the hearts of Kravet elders and shamans so that they can see the holiness, righteousness, and sovereignty of Jesus. Pray that the loving kindness of Christ will prove more attractive to the Kravet people than the power of village spirits.

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