Daily Topic for May 13, 2010

Matthew 10:7-8
As you go, preach this message: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Does this sound like a message that the Uru-Pa-In people need to hear? It certainly does! This is a people group crippled by health problems. This can be a great opportunity for the brethren to share the spiritual and physical blessings offered by the Great Physician.

Let’s pray that these missionaries will have the necessary means to help them to be physically well and spiritually whole. Pray that these workers will take the Kingdom of God to these suffering people.

Uru-Pa-In People of Brazil

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It took every ounce of strength for Ramirez to paddle his canoe down the Jiparana River. Just a month ago he was strong and healthy, but now malaria has weakened him so much that all he wanted to do was sleep. But sleep wasn’t possible when there was so much work to do. There were fish to catch, and yucca, corn and peanuts to grow.

Ramirez is part of the Uru-Pa-In tribe that lives in Brazil’s Pacaas Novos National Park, located in the western Rondonia State near the Bolivian border. Because of its altitude, temperatures can get down to freezing in the Uru-Pa-In homeland. There are a wide variety of tropical plants in this park. It is also a region where those that want to tap rubber come, so the Uru-Pa-Ins and other tribes have had contact with the outside world for decades. During the first half of the 20th century, an estimated 70 percent of the tribes in this region became extinct. Members of this tribe often suffer from malaria, pneumonia and tuberculosis.

The good news is that Christ’s ambassadors can come to the area, though it is only accessible by river travel. These missionaries can bring medicine to help the Uru-Pa-In people with their many health needs.

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Pray for medical missionaries to come to Rondonia State to help the tribes with their health needs. Pray for these animists to be healed of their physical and spiritual needs as they put their faith in the Great Healer.

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