The following happened in Mexico and underscores why Bethany and I are serving our God with NTM. It’s adapted from “A Path We All Must Walk” – NTM.org
Dark is the path that leads past the little Nahuatl village to the cemetery. “It’s a path we all must walk,” said the father of a little boy crushed to death under a truck when a jack slipped. He shrugged, and walked on.
Word of the boy’s death reached NTM missionaries on a Saturday. They also heard why it happened: magia negra, the villagers said without a hint of doubt: black magic.
The moment the coffin began to be lowered into the grave, his father turned his back on the boy and faced east. His family followed his example, and then the whole crowd turned away. They had to; the Nahuatl people believe that if you do not, the deceased person will take your soul.
It’s for this reason that our NTM teammates are working day in, day out, to deeply understand the Nahuatl peoples’ worldview, the lens through which they interpret everything in their lives. They must understand how the Nahuatl think in order to be able to present the incredible Hope, that the gospel of Christ offers to them.
The walk to the cemetery is indeed a path we all must walk. But, Peter, NTM church planter, added, “For those who know Christ, it is a path we walk with hope.”