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: