Only Jesus Can

Starting today, I am doing the Mini HelloMornings Challenge in January with the HelloMornings group over their blog. They divide this Mini Challenge into 3 weeks:

Week of 1/6 – GOD Mini-Challenge
Week of 1/13 – PLAN Mini-Challenge
Week of 1/20 – MOVE Mini-Challenge

You are invited to join us for this mini challenge!

Today, this are verses spoke to me:

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (Col 1:13-14)

No one in this dark world can rescue all people from it. Only Jesus can. This will be a Good News to those who haven’t heard yet. This news will be a good news when it is shared, preached and taught.

What can we do?
– We can pray.
– We can seek opportunity to share this Truth with others.
– We are missionaries to our own families; we reach out to our kids, unbelieved family members & relatives, etc.
– We can encourages each other in our church family.
– We can be partner with missionaries in reaching the unbelievers/unreached people groups.
– We can go as missionaries to our neighborhood, areas, other countries.
So many ways God has provided for His churches to be part of His Great Rescue Plan.

Are we in?

Focus UPG: Kluet of Indonesia

The Kluet people is one of the 39 unengaged unreached people groups in Indonesia. They live in Aceh Province, North Sumatera, northern part of the country. The population is about 50,000 people. They language they speak is called Batak-Alas Kluet.

The Kluet people are 100% Muslim, but the traditional animistic beliefs have not totally disappeared and often have significant impact. This can be seen in their daily lives, especially in special ceremonies. Many Kluet are afraid of evil spirits. They believe that one of the graves in their area has magical powers. The Kluet say that this grave can be seen at certain times while at other times it disappears. They use magic charms so that evil spirits will not hurt them. These charms help them feel calmer and more protected.

The Kluet do not place much value in education. Modern agricultural tools and methods would help keep them from feeling left behind and threatened by outsiders who come to their area. Medical assistance is greatly needed due to an increase in malaria and dengue fever as well as poor nutrition. Financial investment is very much needed.

How can we pray for them?

Pray that God will call the people who are willing and equipped to go and workers to show them the love of Christ and tell them the good news.

Pray for an emerging Kluet Church.

Pray for Bible Translation project will be started for these people. Having the Bible translated into the local language is an important resource for reaching an unreached people group. The written word in their own language adds validity and acceptance to the message, as well as making it more available.

Pray that God will use the most effective ways to send His message to the people.

(source: Joshua ProjectPrayerguardGlobal Prayer Digest)

 

Gratefulness Day 8: Something Big

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I am thankful for God’s BIG VISION & DESIRE that He put in His people’s hearts to love Him & to go to share His Good News to this big world!

This world is big enough for us, but not too big for the Creator. I am thankful for each of the missionary that I know in my life who serves God by leaving their homes and make His mission field as their homes, to love the people He loves and to share the Good News with them so that they will come to trust in Jesus and to worship the One True God.

I am so thankful to be part of His big plan for Southeast Asia!

Focus UPG: Aneuk Jamee

When we were attending a mission conference back in March 2013, we were blessed to meet with people from Indonesia where they serve God among the Unreached People Groups. They shared encouraging testimonies what God has been doing in the country, also they shared the needs to go reaching out these people. This burden’s my husband’s and my hearts. We know God has put this country in our hearts.

We pray one day we can go and serve the Almighty God, share His Good News with the people and even live among them to share His love and become the light God wants us to be.

I have been posting Focus UPG on every Tuesday (I missed some Tuesdays, sorry!) but starting today, I would like to start focusing on those Unreached People Groups that never been served and have no Bibles at all in their languages.

Please join in me in prayer for them! We all know well in our hearts that God will listen to our prayers for the lost, because He cares for them and He loves them as much as He loves us, too!

Today Focus Unengaged Unreached People Group is the People of Aneuk Jamee. They are part of Aceh cluster. They live in the island of Sumatra. Its population is about 65,000 people. Their main belief is Islam (99.90%). There are only about 0.10% Christians. They need the Bible in their language. In 1996 they received their first NT.

The Aneuk Jamee are found in the southern part of the western coastline of Aceh province on the island of Sumatera. They tend to live around the small bays and on the low plains hemmed in by the Bukit Barisan mountain range. These areas are primarily in West Aceh Regency in the four districts of Tapak Tuan, Samadua, Sawang and Labuhan Haji. Smaller numbers of Aneuk Jamee live in South Aceh Regency in the three districts of Johan Pahlawan, Kaway XVI and Kuala. One group of Aneuk Jamee calling themselves the Ba’apo live farther south in Simpang Kiri District, Singkil Regency. The name Aneuk Jamee in the Aceh language means “offspring of guests” or “newcomer”. The name refers to Minangkabau people from the Lubuk Sikaping, Pariaman, Rao and Pasaman areas farther south who began migrating to the area in the 17th century. Gradually, they settled among the Aceh people in the area, a process facilitated by a common Islamic faith. Eventually, they came to feel that they were neither Aceh nor Minangkabau but rather a new people group with their own distinct culture and language. The Aneuk Jamee language is called Jamee or Jamu. The Aceh in southern Aceh can understand this Jamee language because the Minangkabau vocabulary that is part of their language is similar to the national language. However, most Aneuk Jamee do not understand or use the Aceh language.

They are one of the least reached people groups and the need of people to come and share the Good News with them is urgent. They don’t have any local churches. (source Joshua Project).

How we can pray for them today:

  • All through human history God has used His angels as messengers, even announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds. God loves to use His people, but there are times when only an angelic visit will do the job.
  • All ministry effort is vain unless it is anointed by God. When God adds His power to our efforts, then things happen, and hearts are changed.
  • Reaching the unreached is a monumental task. There just aren’t enough individuals to get the word out to everyone. TV and radio can be incredibly powerful mediums for communicating the gospel, because they can penetrate areas where Christian workers may not be able to go.

(source: Prayer Guard)

THANKS FOR PRAYING TODAY!

Focus UPG: Asilulu of Indonesia

Who they are:

The Asilulu live on the island of Ambon in the villages of Asilulu and Ureng, in the district of Leihitu, Central Maluku Regency, in the province of Maluku. The provinces of North Maluku and Maluku were created from the province of Maluku in 1999. Transportation to the Asilulu area is available both by land and by sea. General transportation is available several times a day to the city of Ambon. The Maluku Islands, historically called the Spice Islands, are a string of over one thousand islands scattered over the eastern portion of Indonesia. They include most of the islands between Sulawesi and New Guinea and between Timor and the Philippines. The Asilulu language is one of the original languages of the island of Ambon and is spoken by people who reside on the west coast. The people in the village of Negri Lima speak a very similar, but different, language sometimes known as Henalima. Historically, the Asilulu language was a trade language for this region, and even now it is not unusual to meet a person from a neighboring island, such as Seram, who can speak the Asilulu language.

The Asilulu are Muslims. As such, they believe they will be judged based on their knowledge of the Qur’an, as well as what they did with their lives. The Asilulu have syncretized Islam with their traditional beliefs. They mix traditional cultural practices and Islamic teachings in many of their events, such as weddings, circumcisions, royal inaugurations, and building of mosques (mesjid).

How we can pray for them today:

  • Ask God to give the workers the wisdom of God to navigate cultural, political and religious issues for gaining access and favor among an unreached people group can be very tricky. 
  • In every people group there are fathers who love and provide for their children. They each have something in them that connects with our Father in Heaven. Our prayers can focus the attention of the Holy Spirit on one of these fathers.
  • Ask God to make a way for these people to have their Bible in the language they understand best in their heart. Everyone on the planet has the right to hear the truth of God’s love for them, but many times, Gov. leaders restrict their people from having access to the Gospel. Through prayer we can see this change.

(source: Joshua Project and Prayer Guard)

Focus UPG: Bawean of Indonesia

 

Who are they?

  • The Bawean homeland is a 200 square kilometer island 120 kilometers north of Surabaya (East Java) in the middle of the Java Sea. Bawean has been known as the “island of women” because the majority of its inhabitants are women. This is because the men tend to look for employment in other lands. A man from Tanjung Ori village who worked for 20 years in Malaysia said, “A Bawean male is not considered an adult until he has stepped on foreign soil.” Merantau (going to distant lands to seek success) is a major aspect of Bawean culture and it influences almost every other facet of their society. A significant number of the Baweanese reside in Malaysia. In fact, the Baweanese population there far exceeds that found on the island itself, which numbers 60,000 inhabitants. Other areas of Baweanese migration include Perth, Australia and Singapore, where they are known as the Boyanese people.

What language do they speak?

  • Linguistically speaking, the Bawean dialect is part of Madura language which also includes the dialects of Bangkalan, Pamekasan, Sampang, Sapudi and Sumenep.

What are their beliefs?

  • Originally the Bawean embraced animistic beliefs. Then Hindu and Buddhist influences entered the island until the 1600’s when the Baweanese people converted to Islam. Their religious devotion is extremely strong and they pride themselves in the fact that 100% of the island’s inhabitants follow Islam. There are many mosques (mesjid), small Islamic prayer houses (musholla) and traditional Islamic schools (pesantren) in every village. Boys and girls from six or seven years of age receive religious instruction including lessons in reciting the Qur’an and sometimes live in the house of a kyai (Islamic teacher). The kyai is greatly respected by the Bawean people.

Do they have a Bible in their language?

Yes.

How can we pray for them?

  • Words have little meaning, especially in places where physical needs are great. It takes the miraculous to capture the hearts of the people. In places where embracing Christianity means abuse and persecution, believers need to be sure they have accepted the real God. ASK GOD to perform miracles to confirm the Word.
  • In every people group there are leaders who guide the activities of others. They each have something in them that connects with the God of the universe. Our prayers can focus the attention of the Holy Spirit on one of these leaders today. ASK GOD to give revelations of Him to the leaders.
  • Everyone on the planet has the right to hear the truth of God’s love for them, but many times, Gov. leaders restrict their people from having access to the Gospel. Through prayer we can see this change. ASK GOD to remove the oppositions.

(Resources: Joshua Project and PrayerGuard.net)

Focus UPG: Wolio of Indonesia

Map source: Copyright © IPN – Indonesian People Network. Used with permission.

Who are they?

  • The Wolio (also known as the Baubau, Buton or Butung) primarily live on the island of Buton, around the city of Baubau, but can also be found on Muna, located in the SE Sulawesi province. Their ancestors were immigrants from Johor, Malaysia at the beginning of the 15th century, who also founded the Buton dynasty. In 1540, the sixth king became a follower of Islam. He reshaped the kingdom to become a sultanate and set himself up as the first sultan. The sultanate of Buton lasted until the death of the last sultan in 1960. With his death, the Buton sultanate ended its formal reign, though the influence of Buton is still felt throughout all of the islands in the region. The Wolio are at the heart of the culture of Buton. Buton today is known for its production of asphalt and is currently being explored for oil and other minerals. Many people have moved to other islands to find work. At present, some Wolio people live in the areas of Maluku and Papua.

What language do they speak?

  • They speak the Wolio language, which is from the Wotu-Wolio language cluster that includes the following languages: Kalao, Laiyolo, Kamaru, Wotu. Arabic is also understood by some and its script is used in religious writings and older written materials in the Wolio language.

What do they believe?

  • Almost all Wolio have beliefs centered in Sufi Islam. According to their teachings, they practice mediation in order to receive visions from God, or to find hidden truths far beyond their own reasoning. Belief in reincarnation is also adhered to as a result of Hindu influence. They also believe that evil spirits cause illnesses to occur while helpful spirits give guidance.

Do they have Bible or partial of the Bible, or other materials?

  • No.

How can we pray for them?

  • Ask God to give wisdom and strategies to the workers to gain access and favor among the people group. Workers need the wisdom of God to navigate cultural, political and religious issues.
  • Ask God to touch the people’s hearts and give them hunger for Him and His word.
  • Ask God to reveal the culture keys.

(Resources: Prayerguard and Joshua Project.)