While we were with the tribe, we had the opportunity to observe the people learning their language and learning more about Jesus. There are so many people what want to learn how to read and write that Chris and Maggie had to divide them into two classes. The Pal people walk for over an hour each way on treacherous mountain paths every day to attend class and love it. Every Sunday they have church and explain the Gospel using pictures because their beliefs have been handed down from generation to generation orally. Showing the Gospel using pictures fits their culture and they get it. In fact, they crave it. Many have professed faith in Christ and the Pal people have now formed a New Testament church.
While conversing with Chris and Maggie, they shared that they have been encouraged by the Pal people’s responsiveness. They also shared that several other tribes have sent representatives to meet with them requesting they come to their tribe and teach them about God. I wish our communities were as hungry for God as the Pal people.
God called the Apostle Paul to share “the gospel,” which is the good news of Jesus Christ, with people who were far from God. Paul wrote the people living in Rome describing how to have a relationship with Christ. He told them they needed to believe in their hearts that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and confess their faith in him with their mouth. He also quotes scripture declaring: “11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:11-13). Paul makes it clear that all people are loved by God and need to hear the good news about Jesus so they don’t have to live in fear.
Then he goes on to complement those who try to reach the world with the Gospel. He writes: “14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15). I am grateful that Chris and Maggie have devoted themselves to reaching the Pal tribe. And I am grateful that the people of Freshwater give generously to reach people for Christ locally, regionally, and globally. Freshwater is a global church committed to making disciples around the world just like Jesus commanded us to do when he gave his Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
So. thank you Freshwater for caring about people all over the world. Thank you for your global concern. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ and sending others to be the same. As a church we support the Young’s who are training to serve with AIMAIR (African Inland Mission pilots). We also support a church and school in Haiti as well as the Great Commission Fund which is dispersed to Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries serving all over the world. This brings glory to God.
My wife and I practice biblical tithing to the local church like the bible says and that is what enables Freshwater to have such a significant impact. Together, we make a difference. We also give above and beyond our tithe by giving what the bible calls “offerings” to others like Chris and Maggie. We want God to use us to further his kingdom. I want to encourage you to consider doing the same. If you want to learn more about what Chris and Maggie are doing, check out their website with New Tribes Missions. http://blogs.ntm.org/chris-hostetter/