That's right! In our Missionary Technology class (which we JUST finished on Feb. 29th), we have learned lots of helpful skills and concepts, of which one of the most important is that of conserving electricity and preserving the life of whatever appliances we have in a remote location. In a tropical climate, it is a much bigger deal to open your fridge or freezer! We will need to organize the contents in containers, keep moisture out, cover ice trays, and open/close it as efficiently as possible. This is something we don't think about too much in the States (other than the sensibility of not leaving it open!).
|Looks simple enough, right?.....|
We also recently completed the Field Health course, during which we evaluated potential health scenarios in remote locations, discussed not only physical health but also mental and emotional health, AND we had an exciting practical skills lab! We practiced:
- giving each other a shot
- learned how to check vital signs (with a stethoscope, blood pressure monitor, and a mercury thermometer- remember those? Yeah... bringin' 'em back! Actually, it's because the wonderful, high-speed digital thermometers wear out too quickly, particularly in hot, humid climates.)
- checked each other's ears- including Naya's (!), with an otoscope, which we will need to add to our comprehensive Field Health kit (not your average, everyday first aid kit that you put in your beach bag- don't you?)!
|Learning how to give shots!|
|Checking vita sounds .Naya|
was a great patient!
It CANNOT be stressed how important it is to learn and understand thoroughly the worldview and belief system of a people group before sharing God's truth with them! This allows two things for the missionary:
- Truly understand the people's animistic worldview. In so doing, they learn exactly what and how they should teach God’s Word for optimum understanding.
- Share God’s truth in the context of trusted relationships. In the end, the people hear God’s Word from friends, not from strangers.
|NOT just "traditional costume"- EVERY mark and EVERY different|
piece they wear and have is significant- almost always animistic in
nature- for appeasing or warding off spirits
Likewise, these new tribal believers have been taught the Word from Creation through Christ- they understand that it is not "going to church" that assures them they are saved. It is not their family's belief that assures them they are saved. It is not "a happy feeling" that assures them they are saved, nor it is the desire to "do good". No, the assurance of salvation comes directly from the Word! It is plastered throughout! CHRIST IS ENOUGH!! It is not our works or feelings that convince us that we are saved. It is BELIEF, it is TRUSTING that what He has done was sufficient, and what He has declared in and through that! At the moment of salvation you were bought, you were sealed, you were justified, you were guaranteed eternal life with Him, you were adopted into His family... and more!
So what about you? In what are you determining if you are saved or not? Do you believe that His work was enough for you?
(Quite a challenging thought to end this blog entry!)
We're SO thankful to be here, and so excited for all that we are learning. We are continuing to converse with the field of Papua New Guinea. We'd ask for your prayers in that process!
~Noe, Lisa, Naya and Jocie