As we presented missions to a group of kids at a VBS recently we got confronted with an interesting question from one of the kids: “How can the tribal people not know about God?” Good question! They are descendants of Adam and Eve and of Noah. Somewhere, somehow lies started replacing truth.
The light goes out. You don’t know how. You don’t know why. You just can’t see anymore. You feel your way around. What are you going to do? It never comes back on. Life is much harder now and over time you begin to lose hope. After a while, you forget what it was like to have light. Your children never experience light and only know of it from your description. After a few generations, light is just a myth and darkness is normal reality.
Hundreds or thousands of years pass. Rumors of light in other places swirl around, but you never get a glimpse of it. Until one day, a spark of hope arrives.”
The Nagi people are experiencing the dawning of the light right now. They have been living in a Christless darkness. They and other people groups are being exposed to the light, as missionaries teach foundationally through the Bible, with many more still in need.
On the weekdays Dennis is in Oklahoma with his students now. The students are investigating the Cherokee language as part of their preparation for language analysis overseas
In November Dennis and the other linguistics teachers will be putting on a workshop for the Literacy consultants from many different countries. Literacy consultants help the missionaries with the preparation of literacy materials and give advice for the literacy work in the tribe. The workshop will be used to discuss how to create good alphabets for the languages that our missionaries are working with. Much preparation still has to be made for this workshop. Pray the literacy consultants, which are traveling to this workshop from many countries, will be blessed, encouraged and helped during this time.