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Topic: THE UGLY TOURIST (07/09/15)
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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“Shhh. Dont say that.” said Seila to her four year old daughter.
“Mommy they are..”
“Yeena” said Mom “We must be kind to visitors”
In Yeena’s mind their behaviour was strange. Tall men stood in the center of their village speaking loudly.
First they sang songs, then one of them opened a book and started reading. It was the Bible and then he talked to people through a translator.
Mummy was one of the people listening.
First the talking man spoke about sin and forgiveness for the wrong things people did. He spoke about a man called Jesus Christ who came to live on earth many years ago but was actually God’s Son.
“He came to set us free” the man kept saying.
“He was the perfect man. He never sinned. He told them that He was the Son of God. He lived with ordinary people. His mother was a human woman. The rulers and some of the people treated him cruelly”
“Mummy look, they are showing a movie too.”
Yeena, Seila and lots of the village people sat on the grass and watched aghast as the short movie showed the kind Jesus being cruelly killed. It surprised them all when he was seen alive again.
“He must have been in so much pain on that cross” wept Yeena. Her mom comforted her.
In her mind she kept wondering where these men came from. There were few tourists or outsiders here in the high villages of the Himalayas. These tourist men were not like local men. Her own Papa was small compared to them.
To her child-like eyes they seemed strange.
“ Almost ugly” she thought to herself.
They had pale white skin while her people’s skin was almost brown. They was tall compared to the men she knew.
After the movie and the teaching many people from the village asked questions. Some asked if they could talk to Jesus and become his followers. The men gave them Bibles in their language and said prayers with them.
The thing that was really interesting to Yeena was when the men prayed for people who were sick. Many got better before their eyes. There was a lot of clapping and weeping. Instead of tourists she now thought of them as ‘Biblemen’.
One of them said *“Healing is something Jesus did and he said we would too”.
*Mark 16 :17 -18
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
**Matthew 10: 8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
“Now we will follow Jesus” said the Village chief joyfully.
The men said “Pastor Yinn lives three miles away and he would come to see you after I leave. He will teach you and be your guide”
Yeena and Seila’s lives were changed that day.
As a child Yeena had secretly thought the Biblemen were ugly tourists but today as a grown woman she remembers
with joy the day that they came. Now the village has two churches and their own pastors. One of them is her beloved husband Timot.
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