Many moons ago, a nervous me, landed in our bush village between the Mengen valleys and mountains. It was only for a short visit, to meet our future co-workers and meet the Mengen friends amongst whom we would live for the next roughly 20 years of our lives.
During this time I met Brus and his wife Apite, who only had about 4 kids at that time. I immediately got to like them, with Apite who had a great sense of
However the case may be, I got a liking in him and early on in our missionary career, used him as one of my language helpers. These were hard times for me, as he often lied to me and stole from me. There were times that he got angry with me and threatened to hurt us or damage our property. Yet, through God’s grace, we became very good friends and this, of course, opened up the opportunity for us to develop a very close relationship.
When our teammates, were eventually ready, they started to teach our village friends evangelically from Genesis to Christ. We met for four months, four times a week and twice a day. Brus and Apite attended most of the sessions and even came to the revision lessons in the evenings. From the beginning, I could sense that Brus was touched by what he heard, but in typical Mengen fashion, he was not going to show any signs of interest. This is due to the Mengen people, being very proud, and not willing to show or admit any need. But as we approached the end of our second phase of teaching both Brus and Apite expressed that they have trusted Christ alone as their Lord and Saviour.
Brus was one of our first literacy graduates, and also became one of our first Mengen literacy teachers, with Apite following him soon afterward.
Since then Brus and Apite continued to grow in maturity as we taught and
We are looking forward to returning to our bush village, and be reunited with these friends of ours. This next season of ministry, we would like to focus on leadership development and would hope to disciple Brus to become an elder within the Mengen church.
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