These past few weeks were a bit of a struggle for me. As much as I would like to believe that time eliminates all culture shock, that simply isn’t true. Last week was a perfect example of that. Because I am living in an area where the vast majority of the people are Catholics, nearly the entire village participated in the many different rituals and ceremonies that were held in the Catholic church in honor of Holy Week.
A family that we have been teaching a bit of English invited me and Candace to their home, to eat with them and to watch them observe one of their traditional rituals. As we sat there in their home, we watched as their friends and family came to their home, and one by one they offered incense to the saints at the family’s altar, asking for blessings and praying to the saints that there would be enough food for everyone who came. It was heartbreaking to see them performing these rituals, saying they were doing it in honor of Christ, when it was Christ who died to eliminate the need for rites and rituals. It is my prayer that God will turn their hearts from following traditions of the past to trusting in the hope of an eternal future.
It has now officially been 1 year since I began working for the IMB. I have seen God at work in so many ways, and I am looking forward to seeing what He does in year 2!
As Candace and I advance in our language learning, we are in need of more people who are willing to help us practice what we are learning. Please pray that we will continue to meet people who will help us so that we can better share Truth in the heart language of these people.
We are still working to get together a group of people who can help us as we work to translate God’s stories into the Nahuatl language. Please ask that God will bring people who understand the work to be done, and who will also benefit from the time spent studying God’s Word.
Written by Ellen Burns