We spent 4 hours every morning in the classroom learning about things like the biblical definition of every ethnos, animistic religions, chronological Bible teaching, pre-evangalism, language, culture, Bible Translation, teamwork, etc… In the afternoon, we spent another 4 hours engaging in culture and language study in “The Village“, and enjoying recreational activities like hiking and skeet shooting.
A Missionary shares his experiences working with the Yanomamo people. He worked in one small village, but the Yanomamo language group consists of an estimated 20-30,000 speakers spread across over 22 million acres in Brazil, and over 19 million acres in Venezuela. Missionaries first entered Yanomamo territory in the 1940’s, and there are now several amazing stories of how the gospel of Christ transformed Yanomamo individuals and villages in books like Culture Shock (by: Margaret Jank) and Spirit Of The Rainforest (by: Mark Andrew Ritchie).
We butchered a pig on the last day (I’ll spare you the gory pictures) and cooked a traditional “Mumu” dinner Papua New Guinea style. One problem…no fresh banana leaves to cover the pork and sweet potatoes in the smoke-pit, so we had to use tinfoil instead.