Daily Topic for June 22, 2011

2 Corinthians 10:14-16
For we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ…. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you.

Was the apostle Paul too proud to preach the gospel where it had already been proclaimed? No, that was not the issue. He simply wanted to make the best use of his life and spend his energies in planting churches where they had not yet been established.

Pray that the Father will keep us from complacency and satisfaction with what has already been accomplished in world evangelization. Pray that He will lead us to pray for, send missionaries to, and go to the regions beyond.

Sa’och People

by TP

The Pearic tribes are similar so how do you keep from saying the same thing about each one? The Sa’och people look almost Negroid, setting them apart from the others. The Khmer peoples look down on them because of their Negroid features. Their original economy was based on the sale of cardamom and ginger collected in the mountains. That is now supplemented with monsoonal rice farming.

The Sa’och people scattered during the Khmer Rouge years. When Khmer Rouge rule ended in 1979, they returned home to find that others had taken their lands. They never managed to get their ancestral lands back. Today the Sa’ochs show little or no interest in preserving either their language or culture. They are being assimilated into Khmer society, and almost all speak Khmer in lieu of their Pearic language. They are fast forgetting their folklore, language, and animistic faith, although they still fear mountain spirits. Ironically, it is Westerners, not the Sa’och people, who seek to preserve their language. These circumstances may actually open them up to the gospel.

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Pray that the changes that this people group has experienced will lead them to faith in Jesus. Pray that they will find their identity in Him. Pray for a concerted effort on the part of God’s people to reach the Sa’och with the good news that Jesus is more powerful than the spirits they seek to appease.

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