The village I visited this week is part of the Kuman tribe which includes over 100,000 speakers–there weren’t nearly that many in this particular village. NTM has been working in the Kuman tribe for many years and the missionary I went with (Will) has been working there for more than a decade himself. When Will and his family moved into the tribe with two other families, they were families number 11-13 to take up the work. The previous families had moved out for various reasons including being unable to master the difficult language. Will and his family are now the only missionaries in the village.

Because of the work of Will and others there are a number of believers in the village and portions of the New Testament already translated into Kuman. However, there is not a mature church or a completed translation and so Will and his family labor on by themselves, for now.

Here is Will being greeted by a villager who recently became a believer:

Here is Will’s house:

The village is nestled right in the middle of the mountains.

Some of the houses are more nestled than others.

There were a number of these trees in the village–that’s the bark, not the result of a paint-ball war.

And a fig tree in the middle of the “courtyard.”

I took these pictures on the drive out–I wonder why there are so many isolated people groups here:

  1. Joseph, thank you so much for taking these pictures, it is so wonderful to be able to picture you guys there! And I bet Everett takes a few stabs at climbing some of those trees, a little Mogli!

  2. The Glover Family

    with the isolation, do these folks never venture anywhere? do they live off the land? have jobs? need money? Beautiful country. So green and lush. thanks for sharing.

    • Joseph

      Since this village has a road to it, most of these folks will walk the six miles to town on occasion. They all have “gardens” where they grow food and they raise pigs. Some of them have jobs, but it seemed like most didn’t have anything regular. For the most part I think they only sell what they can make if they are industrious. They do have and use money–I don’ fully understand their economy yet, though.

  3. Kelly K

    Would joining this tribe be a possibility for your family or any of the other new people in town?

    • Joseph

      Yes, it’s a possibility. We are learning that there are a number of tribes who have missionaries, but need more to join the team. Later this month there is a “field conference” which will give us the opportunity to hear about all the possibilities.

  4. Melissa

    Hey guys! We’ve loved reading your blog. Sorry I haven’t commented sooner. These pictures are awesome! Care to share any technical info? 🙂

  5. Joanna

    I love seeing all the photos and being able to get a little bit of your experience through them. In the midst of roughing it and all the sacrifices you’ve made and will make what an encouragement to see the natural wonder in the landscape! I imagine these sights will refresh and encourage you to worship and praise The Creator for all his wonders from the trees and mountains to his people. Just the photos did that for me today! Thanks!

  6. Christy

    postcard pics for sure!

  7. Lindsey New

    The pictures are amazing!!

  8. Kelley Haff

    Amazing! I’m so enjoying beginning to understand better what you guys will be doing, how you’ll be living, etc. Can’t quite imagine how they got the supplies for Will’s house down that road!

  9. Matt New

    Much like the houses, this story is full of cliffhangers! What happened to the other families?! Who will help Will?! Why is Joey Espinosa dressed like Bugs Bunny? I guess I will have to tune in next week…

    • Joseph

      The other families left for various reasons. Sorry, that’s all the detail you’re getting form me on the inter-web.
      “Who will help Will?” is a great question. There isn’t an answer yet. Any volunteers?
      Joey is his own man.

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