St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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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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Pomp and Ceremony

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You may not have read about it in the paper, or heard about it on the evening news, but history was made recently. The first-ever Iski literacy class just graduated its first students! That’s right, for the first time in HUMAN HISTORY, a mixed group of Iski men, women, and children were able to stand up in front of a crowd of people and read stories that they had written themselves IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE!

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Party Poopers

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The other day, we had a bit of a shindig in our village, celebrating the graduation of our first Iski literacy class. It was a fun time. The people did mini-dramas depicting different Iski historical moments, they had singing groups perform songs they had written especially for the occasion, there were speeches, there was food, and there were lots of visitors. Like I said, it was a really fun time…well, mostly fun. The visitors kind of put a damper on ...

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A Satellite Location

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Griffin with one of the local Iski boys.

Griffin with one of the local Iski boys.

When our team first moved into our specific village among the Iski, there were several factors that led us to choose this location over others:

  1. Our village was built for the sole purpose of hearing God’s Word explained in their language.
  2. Since the village is composed of many different family clans (which is not normal), it should be easier to facilitate future outreaches among other villages later on.
  3. Our village is directly on the border of ...
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