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Just can’t pass it up!

18 Aug

Some things are just too good to let go by!

I was in Orlando last week for team meetings and enjoyed a dinner with Dwight and Margaret Hartzler, a couple of my former Indonesia colleagues. Dwight and Margaret completed a New Testament translation and now both serve as translation consultants. And as old friend do, we began to reminisce about our Irian Jaya (now called West Papua) days.The topic soon turned to how much Sentani, where we lived in Papua, had changed. It was then that Margaret pulled out the picture below. I simply had to share it with you. Talk about culture clash!

What’s amazing is Anne and I and our daughters frequently visited and walked the paths of jungle villages like these. What’s even more amazing is that these are the people currently receiving God’s Word, not in Indonesia which they understand little of, but in their mother tongue.

The president of the ministry Anne and I served in for five years said that although people may be physically and/or mentally limited, the Holy Spirit is not. Likewise, although the world may consider these people of the stone age and backwards, God doesn’t. He loves them just like He loves us. And, Jesus died for them just like he died for you and I. And, just like us, they need His Word to grow in Christ.

But it sure does look funny getting there.

Dani with a computerClash of cultures – Dani with a computer

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7 responses to “Just can’t pass it up!

  1. Suzanne Cannaday

    August 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Your statement – “Likewise, although the world may consider these people of the stone age and backwards, God doesn’t. He loves them just like He loves us.” says it all – we need to think of this daily as we live in the spirit of “love thy neighbor”.

     
    • Ken & Anne

      August 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Hi Suzanne. Thanks for stopping by our blog. It’s nice to hear from you. I trust all is well on your side of the country. We miss having you in our small group last week but I’m sure you were having a much better time there with your hubby.
      The picture sure is a contrast, isn’t it? We’ve enjoyed our times in the jungle when we walked, talked, sat, and ate with our national colleagues overseas. We have so much to learn from THEM.
      God bless! Tell Scott we said hello. Take care.

       
  2. Daniel Pusilo

    August 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    I love this picture.

     
    • Ken & Anne

      August 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      It is great, isn’t it? I’ve just heard many of them now have cell phones and other devices. Interesting. And welcome back, Mr. Dan.

       
  3. Bethany Maxwell

    August 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    BEST picture I have seen in a long time! Love it!

     
    • Ken & Anne

      August 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      Isn’t it great, Botany? I got it from Right and Margaret Hartzler. Do you remember them?

       
      • Ken & Anne

        August 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

        Bethany, not botany. Autocorrect fail again!

         
 
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