Daily Topic for June 22, 2010

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The Musi Banyuasin people have put their faith in gods that are in rebellion against the One True God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Purporting to be the spirits of their ancestors, demons convince them to worship them and give them concessions. In the process of trying to gain blessings, the Musi Banyuasin people are losing the battle with the enemy of their souls.

Pray that soon the peoples of Sumatra will turn their backs on deceptive spirits and embrace the One who is the Truth.

Musi Banyuasin People

by KC

Malika knelt crying at the white headstone of her great grandfather. “Have mercy on us! Your only great-great grandson is dying of measles. Please save him!” She looked up at the headstone with tears streaming down her cheeks, making sure her tears didn’t land on the lit candle. Her heart felt as cold as the granite that marked the grave. Finally she got up, went home, and found her son worse off than before.

Malika is from the Musi Banyuasin people of southern Sumatra. They live in an inland area of stagnant rivers. Contagious diseases spread easily in their communities.

Though they face health problems, the Musis have a healthy diet made up mainly of rice and tropical fruits that they cultivate. It is often difficult for them to get their goods to market because the river system in their part of Sumatra is sometimes difficult to navigate. Some of them work on rubber plantations or for the petroleum industry.

Though they are technically Muslims, the Musi Banyuasin people typically contact the spirits of dead ancestors in hopes of being blessed. With a population of 162,000, there are few if any Musi people who follow Christ.

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Pray that God will reveal Himself to Musi elders through dreams, visions and through His Word. Pray that loving Indonesian believers will help them with their health and transportation needs. Pray that they will prosper physically and spiritually.

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