This video features a conversation with Stephen Crockett, missionary to the Moi Tribe. He describes what the Moi believed was the creation of man.
I’m sitting in a tiny square hut set up on stilts to keep the rain from running in. There are probably 60 tribal believers crammed in here. Most of them are wearing gourds or grass skirts. They are singing in a beautiful lilting key that is unlike anything we’ve ever heard in the states!
This church service is as far from anything we would show up to on a Sunday morning as it could possibly be. Jesus is here amongst the billowing smoke of bamboo pipes and the high pitched squealing of the village pigs. He is here and He is smiling!
The day started dubious. None of the tribal men seemed up to hiking straight down the mountain with our film crew to the river. We were trying to finish the ambush scene where they wrap the ‘body’ in a mat and throw it into the river.
I don’t blame the tribal guys for their reluctance to make that long trek. I knew I would have a hard time to make it back, if I went down the harsh, muddy mountain trail.
Regardless, we were doing all we could to coax some of the men who were not out on the hunting party to ‘play’ this part of the ambush scene.
It was while we were earnestly praying that a group of 10, very rough looking tribal men, showed up, ready to go. These guys would scare you to death if you met them on the trail. But they broke into smiles and started snapping their fingers in the traditional Moi way of greeting and said “Abababa, Abababa” … and before you knew it, our film crew headed down the mountain, shooting some great footage.
It was at the river, after the filming, that one of the Moi believers stood, looking at the water and began praying. He was thanking God that now he does not have to fear their old ways.
It is our hope that the Moi journey to faith will have an impact on our American church, when they see what God has done among the Moi.
It is having an impact right now in the hearts of the Moi believers as they consider who they were, when in bondage to the ‘old ways’ of darkness in contrast to who they are now, as they walk in the light of God’s truth.
Thank you for praying. Keep it up.
We had less rain today and we were able to keep two film crews busy. While Nate, Ben, Proctor and Rich headed to the river, Ian, Regina and I filmed some great testimonies from the missionaries and tribal believers.
A video helped reach the Moi people.
In the 1970s, a man hiked for miles to ask for a missionary to come to his village to share God’s Talk with his people. He arrived during the visit of a short-term mission team, and the way he told his story and made his request so stirred their hearts that several became missionaries. Later, a slide show and then a video, Each Stick had a Name, encouraged many others to become missionaries.
One of those people was Stephen Crockett, missionary to the Moi people.
Stephen shared the story of the video with the Mois on Friday morning to help them understand why we are here, why we would want to make a video here. And as I watched him tell the story, I got to thinking that maybe it would help you as well.
We want to make a powerful short film that will stir hearts to get involved in the work God is doing, so other people who are still like the Mois were, living in fear, will have the opportunity to know Jesus and make Him known. And so God’s name will be glorified to the ends of the earth.
We’d all appreciate your involvement in our work right now. We need you to pray about the weather. Our time is already running short, and we were unable to film all Friday afternoon because of rain. Pray that we’ll have good weather. Please don’t pray for clear weather. Clouds add some drama to the sky. Hey, as long as we’re asking God for the weather, we might as well be specific, right?
I heard from Regina just now. Here’s what she had to say:
Right now it is just starting to POUR rain. Ben, Nate and Rich are out hiking on a really crazy trail to get to the filming location (there are about 30 yards or so of fallen trees to climb over – and it gets really slippery in the rain. Please note that math is not my specialty 🙂 They are filming an important scene.
The rest of the crew worked on some interviews this morning. We are waiting for them to get back, then have lunch. I’m staying dry so far! It usually rains at some point in the afternoon & evening.
I am so thankful for the internet access out here. I have received many encouraging notes from supporters telling me that they are praying for me, and that their friends are praying for me, too. It is a huge encouragement. Also, it is so good to be able to communicate with family. My dad was able to encourage me and also keep me updated on my mom’s health status (she had surgery just last week).
I didn’t realize how much of a blessing having the internet out here would be.
It is still pouring rain.
Heard from Ian again – the team met up with Macon in the Asia-Pacific, and now has a five-hour trip from one island to another on the far side of the country.
Yep – Asia-Pacific’s a big place.
Then it’s a two-hour small plane flight to the village. We expect to hear from them again sometime Tuesday, Florida time.
Ian also shared with me ten things to do on a really really long flight:
1. Read the book you bought just for the trip … only to discover mid-way through the first chapter that you’ve already read this book.
2. Take a lap around the economy class cabin. OK, maybe two … no, three. Get dizzy and sit down.
4. Look out the window at the clouds and water … look again at the clouds and water … more clouds and water … still clouds and water … give up and go to #5.
5. Try to enjoy the in-flight magazine … but you don’t know Korean and apparently the translators don’t really know English.
6. Oooh, Skymall catalog! Discover overpriced gadgets that do one thing that you need to do about once every three years.
8. Reset your watch each time you enter a new time zone. (We’re livin’ large now!)
9. Enjoy marvelous in-flight meals. Practice not asking, “What’s in this?”
10. Freak out the strangers sitting next to you by taking out the Emergency Procedures booklet and practicing everything in it over and over again.
Are we there yet?