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interrupting work

February 25, 2017

Here’s a fun story from a few months ago:

My goal Tuesday morning was to talk to some of the young men from our village and share the Dughore language materials I’ve been putting into cell phone format. The young men in our village seem to be a group that is particularly not interested in church. Unfortunately this seems to be much too common for young men throughout this country. However, they are also one of the demographics most likely to have a cell phone.

So that morning I spent a few hours chatting with several young men. I sent to their phones several literacy book stories I had recently converted to cell phone format and an audio recording of some Bible stories told in Dughore. After a couple of them left, I chatted to one of them for a while. He has come back to church recently, and we talked a little about how to help reach his peers. Not that we came up with any great answers, but I was really encouraged by our conversation.

On Thursday a couple of these young men joined a handful of adult men to carry timber from out in the jungle down to the bay by our village. [See this link for photos of cutting timber.] There were several men working, so they expected to be done by 10am. Apparently, however, after their first load, one young man (who doesn’t go to church) pulled out his cell phone and began playing the audio recordings of Dughore Bible stories. They started to listen to them and then began discussing some of the words used – was this the right word? Should a different word be used? What was the meaning of this phrase? A while later they realized they should get back to carrying timber. Then this process repeated after the next load – everyone listened to more of the Bible stories and more discussion ensued. This continued until the cell phone battery died!

The man recounting the story told me the day was well gone by the time they finally finished carrying timber – he guessed 3:30 or 4pm, instead of the expected 10am finish. I joked that I needed to apologize for interfering with their work, but I said I was actually elated to hear that they were all listening to and deeply discussing the Bible stories. And especially that this was started by a young man who doesn’t seem to show much interest in God.

I’m excited to get more material translated into Dughore that we can share with people here. Please pray for God to make people hungry for His Word, for our language learning, and for God to guide the work here.

-John

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Don & Michele Hardie permalink
    February 25, 2017 8:35 am

    Great story! Wonderful to hear how God is working there- thanks for sharing. Continued prayers for you and your work there on God’s behalf. Blessings to all and pass on our greetings to Jim & Kay. Celebrating with you this opportunity for you to all be together!

  2. Amy Devanney permalink
    February 25, 2017 12:26 pm

    This is so inspiring! God is doing great work and so are you!

  3. Lauren C Morris permalink
    February 26, 2017 2:33 pm

    What a story!!!!!

  4. John & Win Stanford permalink
    February 26, 2017 7:35 pm

    Hi John and Lori,

    I enjoyed reading your story about “interrupting work”! That’s wonderful!

    Blessings, John in Ames

    On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:02 AM, havengadventure wrote:

    > havengadventure posted: “Here’s a fun story from a few months ago: My goal > Tuesday morning was to talk to some of the young men from our village and > share the Dughore language materials I’ve been putting into cell phone > format. The young men in our village seem to be a group t” >

  5. Willis & June Van Haaften permalink
    February 27, 2017 7:07 am

    How exciting to see the Holy Spirit revealing His power and truth in lives. This is encouraging to John to keep going. God is great and good.

  6. Anastasia permalink
    March 2, 2017 9:38 am

    What a great story! It’s so fun to imagine God working in such specific ways to bring his truth.

  7. Carolyn Mudge permalink
    March 2, 2017 12:46 pm

    I dont know if you get these blog posts but this one was interesting.

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