Daily Topic for June 03, 2010

Galatians 3:14
…in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus.

Paul was Jewish through and through, but he understood that the gospel is for all peoples. We are praying for Muslim background workers today, who like Paul, understand that the full blessing of Abraham is for all peoples, Jew and Gentile alike. It’s not easy for people to stand up to their religious peers and proclaim Christ. Sometimes Muslim background believers want nothing to do with Muslims after they have been rejected and often persecuted for their faith in Christ.

Pray for Muslim background believers in Indonesia to be fortified by the Holy Spirit to persevere in their witness about Christ, regardless of the hurdles that come their way. Pray for extended families in Sumatra to come to Christ together so that communities are preserved.

Muslim Background Workers in Indonesia

by S.P.

Nehemiah is from one of the hardest to reach people groups in Sumatra. Many of his relatives remain staunch Muslims. His burden is for his whole people group to become followers of Christ. For the last two years, he has fasted every day from sunrise until sunset to urge the Lord to open their hearts. His background allows him to connect culturally in ways that outsiders cannot.

Nehemiah and his wife Desy have served among his people group for 10 years. Recent natural disasters have opened up the heartland of this people group to outsiders to come in and help. As Nehemiah oversees aid and reconstruction, he also leads in the church planting strategy of his team of 12. As they build houses, three new families from this unreached people group are now studying the scriptures in their homes with members of this team. Recently, 11 people from one community were baptized, including the clan leader!

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Pray for continuing discipleship of these 11 people, that they will become disciples of Christ who will make even more new disciples. Pray for Nehemiah, Desy and their children. Pray for strength, health, wisdom, and protection from Satan’s efforts to derail them. Pray for more Muslim-background believers to join in serving unreached people groups across Sumatra. Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead them to the people that He has prepared to be “People of Peace” (i.e., people of influence that open their communities to the truth).

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