Daily Topic for May 28, 2010

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

What is worthy of our hope? We hope for glory to be revealed to us in eternity, and we wait for it patiently. We must persevere and go on, believing that it will happen. We must also believe that there will be a Church for those peoples who don’t yet have one in their cultural sphere. Can we persevere and eagerly work together until every tribe in the Amazon River Basin has a fellowship of its own?

Pray for more missionaries and leaders who will hope for what we do not yet have—a fellowship for every people group!

Tupinikim People

by JS

The Tupinikim tribal leaders looked sadly at the healthy, fast-growing forest of eucalyptus trees that the Aracruz Celulose Company officials proudly pointed to in their efforts to claim that they had replanted the forests after decades of exploitation. One of the tribal leaders, and a participant in the Indian “Replant Our Hope” movement, sternly responded to the Aracruz Celulose officials by saying, “To plant eucalyptus is not to replant our hope!” The Tupinikim people understand that only the reforestation of native species can produce food and give them real hope.

In 2007 the Tupinikim and Guarani people were awarded 18,070 hectares of Aracruz’s land, thus fulfilling the Brazilian Constitution that says it is the responsibility of the government to demarcate lands traditionally occupied by indigenous peoples and necessary for their physical and cultural survival. This decision is the result of a long struggle of the indigenous peoples to get their lands back. They sought the support of entities, movements, churches, and parliaments both within Brazil and abroad. They knew they needed a broad based support in their struggle against a company supported by the federal government and several left-wing groups.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that in their struggle to regain what is rightfully theirs, that the Tupinikim people will encounter true believers who care not only about their lands and their rights, but who also care about their eternal souls.

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