Shouldering the Love Burden

Leaving her newborn behind, Mahi began a journey to the hospital that took 36 hours through the jungle, on the shoulders of believers.

We’ve shared often of the great privilege that is ours serving among our Banwaon brothers and sisters in the Lord. They have an acute sensitivity to His guidance as they wait upon the Bible in their language. We are two of the few outsiders that are granted the opportunity to witness their growth as we live side by side these Christians that have only met our Lord within the last twenty years. One of the areas that brings glory to God our Father, is a testimony to the work of Jesus Christ our Savior and the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit is their willingness to learn of Him and quickly respond.

One such instance began just outside our window. I was in the office when I saw a large group of men gathered in a circle. I heard the group count off in sets of four – “sabuwa – daduwa – tatulu – haupat” – until twelve men had a number. That finished, there was a scramble to borrow hats and boots as it was the middle of our rainy season. By this time I was outside with my camera to capture this new “event.” Quickly I learned the purpose of this unusual activity.

Two nights before, a good friend came to the house to tell me of a young woman, Mahi, that had given birth several hours ago to her fifth child, but she was not passing the afterbirth. Her family carried her five kilometers down the mountain, through the jungle to our village. As we met her immediate need of food and rehydration drink to strengthen her, we prayed.

They hadn`t traveled 5 minutes before the rains began.Our pilot was not available to fly her to a hospital so the ladies that work the clinic in the village attended to her for three days but there was no change. Mahi could not endure the long and dangerous trip on a motorbike. Prayerfully they met together and planned. Volunteers counted out as teams of four to carry her the forty-four kilometers (that’s 44K – or 27½ MILES!) through the jungle and crossing 3 rushing, swollen rivers on a stretcher made of trees and rice sacks . The teams continually switched off to a fresh set of four when they could bear the weight no more. We were told that when they approached a village 11 kilometers down the way, Banwaon believers ran out to take over and give the human “ambulance” some rest.   (check out the PHOTOS tab to see the pictures in “Jungle Ambulance” album)

Once out of the jungle, there was an additional 40 kilometers to travel by jeepney! Mahi arrived at the hospital the next evening where she was given medicine and soon delivered the afterbirth without further complication. We rejoiced over her safety and thanked God for the answer to our prayers.

Please pray that this witness of His love, literally borne on the shoulders of men, will awaken the groups of Banwaon that have refused to listen to the Gospel. Pray for this young family to grow in the Lord and for the two outreaches where the Gospel is being shared for the first time by faithful Banwaon Bible teachers. Pray for these men and their families that willingly demonstrated God’s love through the miles with sacrifice and effort. Praise God for His work here among the Banwaon and that their willing and obedient spirit will be used of God to help draw many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Thank you as you partner with us for the Banwaon.

Because of Christ,

Chris and Lynne
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 1Thess 4:9

About Chris and Lynne Strange

We serve the Lord in the beautiful state of West Virginia. We were missionaries with New Tribes Mission and served ten years on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. View all posts by Chris and Lynne Strange

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