Daily Topic for June 18, 2010

Galatians 4:7,8
So you are no longer a slave, but a son…. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

Many argue against the missionary enterprise today by pointing out the disruption caused by changing the religion of other people. Paul rightly argued that bringing the good news of the gospel liberates men and women from cruel slavery to gods that are not gods. Western Christians often do not realize the torturing fear of spirits that many peoples like the Ranau people feel. Only Christ can deliver them from this fear and spiritual bondage! Only He can set them free to worship and serve the living and true God.

Pray that the Lord will help us to see the people groups of Sumatra with His eyes.

Ranau People of Sumatra

by T.P.

The Ranau people are named for Lake Ranau, situated in a large volcanic caldera on the Indian Ocean side of Sumatra. The area is known for its hot springs and fishing.
Like the Abung people we prayed for yesterday, the Ranau people grow rice, but they have a broader economic base. In addition, they produce rubber, coffee and vegetables. Some work in oil, tin or coal mining. Yet despite a varied economy, they continue to need government subsidies to develop industry. They also need more doctors.
Their architecture is as varied as their economy. Buildings may be shaped like pyramids or like a head built on stilts. Nobles live in pyramids, common people have their homes built on stilts, and raft houses are used for commerce. Plants (their symbol of life) and odd-numbered steps (for good luck) are features of all Ranau houses, regardless of social or economic rank.

Like most peoples of Indonesia, the Ranaus are Muslim by culture, but on a daily basis, they practice animism. Shamanism, magic, the occult, and spirits are important to their belief system. We do not know how many of them are followers of Christ.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for more medical workers and industrialists, especially ones who love and follow Jesus. Pray for Christian radio and television, and that the Old Testament will be translated into their language. Pray for encounters with the occult that will demonstrate the Lord’s limitless goodness and power. Pray for a people movement to Christ to soon begin in Ranau communities.

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