Daily Topic for June 20, 2010

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

In this chapter, the apostle Paul uses a number of terms to describe the conditions of those without Christ: dead, worldly, sons of disobedience, children of wrath, separated from Christ, excluded, strangers, people without hope and without God. What a litany of pain and sorrow! We who experience so much of God’s goodness and grace must never forget that there are people groups like the Pasemahs for whom this description is absolutely accurate.


Pray that the Pasemah people will soon receive Christ, and turn their backs on the false religions that they have practiced through the centuries. Pray that they will put their faith in Christ alone.

Pasemah People

by P.E.

Tanda moved closer to the holy site, a carving of a soldier riding an elephant dating back to the days when Buddhism was popular in Sumatra. He called out to his ancestors for protection, and made a sacred pledge regarding his efforts to be closer to god. Although Tanda is Sufi Muslim, as are the majority of the 500,000 Pasemah people, tendrils of older religions are ingrained into their lives, especially in the rural areas. People from this group worship at 26 historical sites that include rock carvings and cemeteries.

Tanda’s home is typical for the Pasemah people. It has a thatched roof, with tin to keep out the rain. Rooms are on eight-foot high platforms. He grows rice, rubber and coffee. His wife and children work by his side believing the local proverb, “Gather together, whether we eat or starve.” Many of Tanda’s relatives work in politics and are leaders in government posts in the cities of southern Sumatra.

 

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Pray that the few Pasemah church members will display boldness and sensitivity when sharing their faith with families and friends in this folk Islamic setting. Pray for protection from persecution. Take authority over the spiritual principalities and powers that rule southern Sumatra. Pray for a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom. Ask for God’s anointing upon the Christian radio broadcasts reaching this people group in their own language, and that the veil of unbelief will be removed as the gospel is presented to the Pasemah people!


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