|Eileen teaching one of the discipleship groups|
The new believers and others that were interested came the next morning to learn how to continue to grow and mature as a Christian. We broke into five small groups, each lead by a member of our team, and each emphasizing an important aspect of growth. Sylvia shared our excitement about the “new life” many had experienced. Usoma taught that God’s Word is our vital food. Eileen shared that prayer was like breathing spiritual air. Austin made the need for regular Christian friendship clear. Edward related obedience to Christ to our need for exercise. Pastor Gideon helped the new believers think about their need to spend quiet time with the Lord. These concepts that were organized in a small booklet from Scripture Union became our wonderful means for follow up of new believers at each village.
|Hiking to Enkateli - notice Chief John at the back, TV in hand|
Enkateli was home to a Catholic Mission school and the John Frum cult. In the past, this cult significantly reduced access of people in this village to the gospel message. Children in the village often did not even know Bible stories. Some of our team members played soccer and volleyball with the village young people after their arrival, which helped to break the ice. Then the heavy bag of rice was presented to the chief and the village gave pandanus mats to our team before the showing of the JESUS Film.
|Headmaster Oliver giving mat to David|
Over a 100 people crammed into the classroom to watch the JESUS Film. Edward and Eileen, both with personal experience regarding the John Frum cult, gave powerful testimonies of God’s grace in their lives. And many gave their hearts to the Lord again! Wonderful! Praise God! We were thrilled!
|Showing JF at Enkateli - Chief John's TV is on the right|
The sun goes down around 6PM and our attempts to return in the daylight had failed. It was pitch dark outside! How could we possibly navigate the steep, narrow path while carrying the JF equipment in the dark? The chief of Enkateli offered the use of his pickup truck to drive the equipment and a good portion of the team around the mountain ridge, back to Lawangi. We prayed for Austin, Lawrence, and other members of the team who volunteered to that treacherous trip back in the dark. Soon, we joined back together again at Lawangi. We had to sleep fast. Tomorrow there would be a another hike followed by a ride in a pickup truck to the next village of Karimasanga in southwest Tanna.
Things seemed disorganized, as if they had not been expecting us to come. There were several churches in this village and we began to wonder why the Lord had brought us to Karimasanga. We had spent more money for the transportation to get to the village than we had planned. The number of people was much less than the previous two villages. So, we began to ask God to help us see what his plan was.
By the way, Chief John came with us to Karimasanga and, yes, he brought his TV screen! This was the third time that we had shown it and the third time that Chief John watched it from beginning to end!
|Discipleship study at Karimasanga|
|Gospel of John in Bislama|
|Going on the heights!|
We arrived at the village gathering place (nakamal) with signs that they were expecting us. Pots of food were set out on a mat. The village leaders were seated on the ground around the edge of the nakamal.
|Pastor Gideon (L) and David (R) with village leaders seated.|
|Kid's Club at Imarabu|
More pictures of Tanna Outreach
Outreach to Tanna Part 1