Thursday, September 18, 2008

Indonesian Minangkabau

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30

Indonesia's unreached Minangkabau

Lina's fear of evil
For Friday, 19 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Lina is a young Minangkabau woman from a large family. They do everything that Islam requires of them, but they are also involved in other traditional practices. Instead of going to a doctor when someone is sick, they will often visit a dukun (a traditional healer). Lina especially believes that evil spirits are everywhere and she is very interested in all things supernatural.

This life of fear even affects Lina’s attitude toward her religion: she sees God as a faraway figure and she seems resigned to the idea that she will never be in paradise, because her good deeds never seem to be enough to outweigh her sins.

Even though Lina has had many conversations with some followers of Jesus about the forgiveness of sins through Isa Almasih (Jesus the Messiah), she is still too afraid to even consider the possibility that it is actually truth.

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Prayer Starters:

>Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of the Minangkabau to the truth that only Jesus can bring salvation, and that He can free them from a life of fear.

>Pray that Minangkabau people, including Lina and her family, will no longer look to the dukuns (healers) to solve their problems but rather they will look to Jesus for help and healing.

>Pray that whole families of the Minangkabau will come to a trusting reliance on Jesus.

+ Google Map Link: Indonesia

+ YouTube Video Link: Home of the Minangkabau People: [2 min]

+ Gospel Language Link: Hear the Good News in the MINANGKABAU language

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