Jungle to Jungle

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Rochelle on the phone in the only place we get reception

Modernity is mind-boggling at times. At least, for me it is. Part of the issue is undoubtedly the fact that I’m a casual Luddite, who doesn’t put in the effort to stay up-to-date with the various technological breakthroughs going on around the world. Innovations, such as “the cloud,” “air-dropping,” and “4G,” are all shrouded in mystery for me in my ignorant little corner of the world. This techno-laziness often makes me a fairly easy individual to impress.

Like yesterday, for example. ...

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Nothing but the Dead and the Dying

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Our villagers have told us that they are good people. Yes, they sometimes beat their kids and their spouses, but besides little things like that, they are pretty decent folks. They say they are at least not as bad as other Iski people. In fact, our villagers left their homes among their clansmen and came to live here because they were sick of the flagrant wrongdoing they were seeing back home.

They’ve told us that when they came here, they washed ...

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Forest Gump and the Gospel

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I’m always a little wary of referencing or endorsing any Hollywood movies here on our ministry blog. If there are 5 Christians in a room, then there are usually upwards of 6 strong convictions present as to whether a certain film is appropriate to watch or not. I’ll delve into those dark waters briefly today though, because I think it fits with the subject matter.

When I was a kid, the movie “Forest Gump” was kind of a big deal.* In ...

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St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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Three Guinea Pigs

Our teammates started teaching the first-ever Bible lessons in the Iski language last week! Being as we are still in the “language-learning” phase of our ministry, however, we are not really able to directly contribute to their teaching efforts a whole lot. What we lack in useful ability though, we try to make up for in excited encouragement! We recently expressed this whole-hearted enthusiasm by completely abandoning them in the swampy jungle on the second day of the teaching.

It was ...

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History in the Making

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As many of you know, our village was constructed a few years ago for the sole purpose of hearing God’s Talk. Every man, woman, and child here has moved a day’s journey into the jungle, leaving behind their access to government schooling, a medical clinic, and easier access to trade goods. They have worked hard to build new houses and plant new gardens. They have defied their culture by living side-by-side with other clans (a big deal), on borrowed ground ...

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Pestilence and Pottery (and a bug)

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I’ll be honest, I’m a little tubel* concerning what I should be writing about right now. You see, this last weekend I was sick, which always spurs my creative muse into action.** I also created my very first piece of pottery, which (though it is small, irregularly shaped, and ugly in color) I feel demands its own special acclamation. And then, to top it all off, I had a large, poisonous centipede frolicking around IN MY SHORTS this morning (and, ...

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Pros and Cons

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There are a few pros and cons to living in a remote jungle village. Yes, I know there are pros and cons in any given circumstance in life, and usually it’s more an issue of our perspective of a situation that determines its “pro” or “con” status more than the actual thing itself. Since our living situation is somewhat out of the ordinary compared to what we would normally experience in the West, however, certain aspects of our life out ...

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A Night at the Movies

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As our teaching time draws nearer,* we have been looking for ways to help our Iski friends and neighbors engage with, and process, new information. If this seems like an inconsequential thing to you, that’s because we often take for granted the EXORBITANT amount of information we have at our fingertips at any given moment. That’s not the case for the Iski.

In Iski-land there are no roads or post offices. There are no books** or newspapers in their language. To ...

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Hoes, Toes, and Garden Woes

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As some of you may already know, I was bitten by the gardening bug last spring.* I’ve never really done any gardening before, so this was a bit of a leap for me, but it was bound to happen eventually. Between hardly ever having fresh produce in the house, being immersed daily in a remote, agrarian society, and because I am often desperate for a mental escape from language-learning, I was a prime candidate for a horticultural hobby.

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Mostly, my efforts ...

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Momma Mia!

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I think I mentioned a while back in a newsletter that we had a few big events coming up, and that we were jittery with anticipation as those momentous days approached. Well, those days have come and gone, and all those things happened. (YAY!) As is often the case though, in the midst of all those happenings, we were too busy/distracted to actually tell anyone about them. (BOO!)

So, in an effort to assuage those feelings of neglect that have undoubtedly ...

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