Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog…but sometimes the days just pass and before we know it another weekend is upon us. The week has just been busy with this and that. This morning we went to worship in Tent Siti. Last night Ashlyn was awake a fair bit and she woke up with a slight fever and was just unwell. However, I decided to still go to church, as I figured that if she was feeling unwell, she might just sit still on me quietly for a change. But as we neared church (about a 15 minute drive from our house), Ashlyn suddenly began to vomit in the car. Andrew quickly pulled over and I hung her out the door and she vomited the rest on the grass. However, she got a lot of it in her hair and also on her dress. It stank!! Well, we continued on to Tent Siti and I cleaned her up as best as I could (thankfully they do have a tap there, so I could wash her a little bit.) I ended up pulling her dress off, washing it and then putting it back on her wet. She was not very impressed with that , but at least we live in a warm climate, so she didn’t freeze. She was a bit grumpy for a while, and had a good afternoon sleep, but for the rest seems to be okay again. Weird.
Yesterday Andrew and Ian went to Biwat to talk and pray with a group of people. Apparently they were worried about the clothes/belongings of a brother who had died some ten years before. It’s all pretty complicated, but basically traditionally these clothes could hold some evil spirits. They could not simply get rid of the clothes but would need to hold a big feast to rid themselves of the clothes and belongings (to appease evil spirits?). The husband of the woman who came to see Ian and Andrew (she is a member of our church), has periods of extreme anger and lashes out, and they were worried that these clothes of his dead brother had some bad affect on him. But they really wanted to deal with it all in a Christian manner and did not want to just do the traditional/cultural thing. So Ian and Andrew went, but they also made it clear that although removing these clothes could bring closure to the man’s death and thus in some sense give some healing, the clothes (or evil spirits in them) had nothing to do with sin. The actions of anger and aggression are a result of sin, and only coming to Christ in Faith will change the heart of a man. It was also made clear that these clothes and belongings are just that and that they have no power in themselves. We still see so much of this here… a mix of the old and the new, a real desire to do things “in Christ”, but at the same time traditional beliefs still trying to keep a hold of the people. This also requires so much understanding and wisdom from our part, something that only God can give, and therefore we pray for an extra measure of wisdom in these situations.