Most of us looking at this blog were born in nice hospitals, or at least with a trained professional on hand and access to much better facilities if needed. However around the world, this is often not the case. Segundo Sebastian, our missionary in training was born in a thatched hut, or perhaps just outside of the hut on the ground, or perhaps on the edge of the garden, where his mother was working that day. Being one of the younger ones in the family meant that life was not especially valued, and births were not a big concern. Below you see his father and mother, along with one of his sisters and a nephew and niece in a much improved and more modern hut made of chainsaw cut boards.
Segundo was saved a few years ago, and has been slowly training for the ministry. He is currently working at our friends, the Blackburn´s farm. He has been going up to the nearby Yine village of Santa Teresita to teach some of his fellow tribal members. This is the tribal meeting house with a nice thatched roof that provides cool shade.
Segundo was accompanied by his wife, Emily, and two of his children: David and Nazaret, this weekend. They all love going on these short weekend trips.
Although the community had a workday, and they all pitched in, there was time for cooling off in the river as well. The children don´t wear much when they go swimming, but we are glad they wear something!
They were able to use his brother´s boat which was at a nearby port. Those who have visited us on the river will probably never forget the loud sounds of the ¨peke-peke¨ mud motor. It is like a large lawn-mower engine, with a long shaft pushing a propellor on the back. They are harder to steer than they look, because of the length of the fulcrum, but are fairly reliable and are cheaper than outboards.
Please pray for the family as God continues to raise them up for the ministry He has for them. They are praying and preparing, and we know that God will use them in even greater ways to share the gospel, further His kingdom, and preach Christ where He is not named. What a great joy to have a part in what God is doing in them and through them.
Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.