New Tribes Mission has worked here in Paraguay over the past 70 years. During that time, there have been some very significant changes affecting our ministry context. Originally most of the tribal people were nomadic, mono-lingual, survived solely by hunting and gathering, and had little or no contact with civilization.
Today, much has changed. The tribal people live in villages that have schools, medical clinics, and even churches. Electricity has arrived at most villages, and it is even common to see satellite TV dishes on tribal houses. Many tribal people have cell phones and even smartphones with which they can access the Internet.
There is one thing that hasn’t changed: Christ’s command to “go and make disciples.” Our vision here is to see tribal people be true disciples, followers of Christ, who will be able to reach the next generation with the life changing Gospel.
So, how can we position ourselves for effective discipleship in such a changing environment? Discipleship takes building deep relationships with people and intentionally encouraging people to walk with God. Satan is doing all he can to distract people from hearing and following the truth in our changing world.
Please pray for each one of us to effectively disciple those in our circle of influence. Pray that we will be intentional in reaching out to people and impacting people’s lives. Pray that the tribal believers will disciple one another and truly follow Christ in this changing world!