“For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm….”– 1 Kings 8:42
With this email we have some exciting news which is also a prayer request.
There is a village that lies on the outskirts of the Wana region. We have had a good relationship with this village from the beginning days of our work as they supplied us with guides into the interior Wana territory and also allowed us to build an airstrip there to help with logistics. However, we have never had a good opportunity to open up a work with them.
Last week some men from this village made their way up to one of our Wana villages by canoe. They came with the purpose to sit down with our pastors and ask if we would be willing to start an outreach in their village and teach them the gospel of Jesus in their own heart language. Their current church has never allowed the Scriptures to be taught in the local dialect but only in the national language leaving the people quite confused and not understanding the gospel. More recently, some of the members of this church tried to use their tribal language to share in some of the services only to receive push back from the pastor. This along with another event that took place left them feeling deceived, and has led many families to want to withdraw from this church and ask our church if we would open an outreach with them!
There are also people from two other villages close by who want to join in as well, so we are probably looking at around 200 people! Our pastors are taking a team down to their village this week to discuss this further with them, so we would appreciate your prayers for the Lord’s direction in all of this. This is of course at their invitation but there is still a strong likelihood that our church could be accused of “sheep stealing” and some strong feelings on the part of the pastor and those loyal to the other church and their organization. So our men just need real wisdom from the Lord in the way they carry this out. This of course has all of us “pumped” and we are really looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in this village! Satan has done all he can to block the spread of the gospel, but it has been our experience that God is not hindered and continues to grow His church. Thanks for your prayers!
Ed & Jeanne Casteel, serving the Wana people in Asia Pacific