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.