For a while, my friend Don P. has been saying I’ll have to come visit his village, and yesterday we were finally able to make it happen. I was out there for about six hours and got to help him with a house he’s building, read quite a bit from the Bible, and eat lunch.
Don P. belongs to one of the two main groupings of indigenous people in our area. I don’t want to use the actual names of the groups because I don’t want people around here Googling this, so here’s what I’ll do: I’m going to start calling the two groups the Mixed people and the Tree people. If you’ve been around here, I think you’ll know who I’m talking about. If not, and you want to know, send me an email and I’ll tell you who they are. So Don P. belongs to one of the tribes of the Tree people.
When I got there he showed me a spring on his property, and we talked about ways to collect the water and pump it up to his house. He then wanted to read the Bible, so we read the story of the Prodigal Son followed by the creation story. Though Don P. didn’t know it, I was following the listing of stories for evangelism found in the Shepherd’s Storybook. The Shepherd’s Storybook is a resource developed by our church planting coach and his wife, Robert and Anne Thiessen, and is available for free download at paul-timothy.net.
We enjoyed a tasty lunch of egg and bean tacos made with fresh corn tortillas cooked over a fire, then we headed outside and worked on a house Don P. is building for his nephew. After two or three hours of working and talking, we came back around to reading some passages in the Bible that addressed questions Don P. was asking. He wanted to know why, if God created all the animals, they kill and eat one another. He thought it was pretty cool to see how Isaiah says they will one day live in harmony once more. Then we looked at passages relating to death and eternal life, because Don P. was saying he’s heard Christians say you’ll have eternal life, but that can’t be because they all die. Finally, he got pretty fired up hearing testimonies I shared of how we’ve seen God miraculously heal people, and he thought sometime soon we should look for a sick person who has faith in God to heal and pray for that person.
It was a good time together, with a lot of seeds of the Word planted. Please pray that God will cause the seed to take root in his heart and grow and bear fruit.
I intend to write a separate post describing a couple of interesting spiritual things I learned about Don P.’s village. Update: Read what I learned about spiritual realities here.