Yesterday, I wrote about a couple of guys taking advantage of a situation in a way that may not have been entirely aboveboard. Today, I’m writing about the same two guys (and using the same picture because I don’t carry my camera with me to the worksite.)
As I was walking with Alex and Kawage to our job site, we started talking again about the giant snake, which was allegedly found in the Red Sea. This led to a couple of questions about Moses that followed this line of reasoning: If Moses didn’t get to go into the promised land because he disobeyed God, then did he go to Heaven? I responded by asking them what gets someone into heaven. The first response was “living a good life,” then something I forgot, then “believing Jesus died on the cross.” I will say with a lot of confidence based on PNG experience that, even though they said Jesus died on the cross, this answer does not indicate any connection between Jesus’ death and our sin–the first response reveals a lot more about what they think.
So after I asked a few more questions, “we” decided that, since they don’t know much about the Bible and I’m a missionary, I should teach them. Of course, as a missionary, this is pretty exciting to me. I talked with Elizabeth and we decided that on Mondays, I’ll run home at lunch time, scarf down a quick meal and then go sit with the guys during most of the lunch hour to talk about the story of the Bible. I told the guys after lunch that we would start our story time on Monday and they informed me that a bunch of the other work men were also eager to hear. So, on Monday, we will be starting in Genesis–I don’t have any idea yet how many “we” will be. Please be praying as I prepare for this and for the guys who seem interested in knowing what the Bible has to say.