Saturday I was able to make my weekly two-way radio meeting from here in Ukarumpa. This time I talked to Pastor Kilas in Yehebi (Gobasi). They had had a young man from outside their tribe who was distributing marijuana, and then somehow went crazy and started threatening people. After a couple days he settled down enough to be escorted back to his home area.
Kilas used the occasion to urge the community to reject marijuana altogether. This is another side of the life of a pastor in a tribal setting where modernity is rushing in with all its attractions – some good, some bad. We are encouraged that this young, marginally educated pastor has had the courage to speak out in this way.
The other side of this coin is that he is asking for our help in encouraging another way of bringing an income into the community – rice production. This is another side of being a missionary in a tribal setting where the cash economy has developed just enough for people to realize how „poor“ they are!
We and the pastors want to concentrate on giving God’s Word, but we cannot ignore these practical needs. This is an important ongoing prayer need.