I get to experience many amazing things while living in the middle of nowhere. Life in this place is anything but boring.
On Monday, I got to witness my coworker, Susan, save a woman's life who would have most certainly died in childbirth without her intervention. It was thrilling and awe-inspiring.
Daily I get to see a group of about 50 men, women, and children carve an airstrip out of a thick web of rainforest with just axes and shovels. It is challenging and motivating.
Every weekend I get to listen as a group of people who can definitely be classified as those who live at the "ends of the earth" praise and worship a Savior who loves them. It is miraculous.
Honestly though, not everything I see is beautiful. I saw my chicken eat a rat fetus once. It was revolting.
And yesterday I saw a little girl playing with a pig bladder like it was a balloon. It was disturbing.
But one of the most profound things I have experienced here happened last week. It was not something that I saw, but rather something I heard. A man died in another Hewa village last week. Many people went to morn and show their respect to the family that lost him. And many of them heard the village leader say, "If Tiko* was still here, we would have killed her for this." When our people came back and gave us this report, it was so sad, but also such a relief. It was a relief to know that Tiko, her toddler, and baby on the way were safe in their new village.
The next morning I came across this verse that gave me confidence to know that we as a team are making the right decision to try and get these women and children out of harms way (even though we know it will probably be a never-ending battle).
"Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people." Psalm 82: 3-4
*Tiko is the lady we evacuated to another tribe where there are missionaries and a strong believing church. This tribe does not practice witch killing, so Tiko and her family are safe there. You can read more about this in, How to Save a Witch.