Daily Topic for June 17, 2017

Hebrews 9:12, NIV
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the most holy place once and for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

Pray for the Samtao people to understand and embrace the final sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for their sins.

Samtao people

by LR

The young Samtao man’s face quivered between a grin and a grimace. He anticipated participating in the annual agricultural ceremony and looking impressive with his new tattoos.
Samtao men often tattoo their bodies with passages from Buddhist scriptures. Converted to the Theravada tradition 900 years ago, they retain a proud identity as Buddhists. Yet they mix Buddhism with animism.
An example would be their agricultural ceremony. They gather after harvest to sacrifice chickens and pigs to the mother of rice. They also venerate the spirits of their ancestors, house, village, forest, trees and sky, as well as perform animal rituals.
More than 2,000 Samtao people live in Laos. However, a report from 2010 indicated there were 3,100 of them. The Samtao of Laos live in the northeast part of the country. They depend on an agricultural economy, and they grow crops such as coffee, sugarcane, maize, rice, and cotton. Often a man has more than one wife (polygamy). But he must first gain permission from the village chief to have multiple marriages. Some Samtao still arrange infant marriages.
A few Samtao people follow Christ in surrounding countries; but there are no Samtao believers in Laos. There are no Scriptures or missionaries available to them.

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Pray that God will reveal Himself more fully to the Samtao, so that they will see Him as the provider, healer, and Savior. Pray for them to have dreams and visions of Jesus. Pray for a church planting movement among the Samtao.

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