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第十七天 蘇里南的瓦亞納族──Day 17 The Wayana people of Suriname

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基督來到蘇裡南的叢林

湯姆.肖恩(Tom Schoen)兩歲時,他和哥哥、姐姐以及爸爸媽媽一同從加利福尼亞搬到了南美洲蘇裡南叢林中的小國。

這家人乘坐獨木舟前往瓦亞納部落的附近,這是一個未被宣教士接觸的部落,他們的父母伊萬和多麗絲.肖恩(Ivan and Doris Schoen)希望向這個部落宣講基督的教義。這個年輕的家庭在帳篷裡生活了九個月,逐漸了解他們的新鄰居和他們的語言,直到瓦亞納人邀請他們在村裡居住。他們建了一個像村裡其他小屋一樣的棚子,一家人住在裡面。

“對於一個男孩來說,在叢林中長大簡直就是天堂。”現年65歲的湯姆·肖恩說,他在加利福尼亞州擔任了多年的牧師。“我的意思是,那裡是一個巨大的遊樂場。”

盡管從男孩的角度來看,叢林是一個遊樂場,但派遣肖恩一家的宣教機構原本只想派伊萬去。因為就在幾年前,吉姆.埃利奧特和其他四名宣教士,被奧卡印第安人殺害了。那是個類似瓦亞納部落的南美洲部落。

伊萬和多麗絲曾經禱告,他們強烈地感覺上帝告訴他們要全家一起去。這個選擇背後的智慧在日後顯得愈來愈清晰。肖恩一家與瓦亞納人這個部落結下了深厚的友誼。

湯姆解釋:“在部落與部落之間進行的戰爭中,他們會射殺男人,搶走婦女和孩子。”瓦亞納人認為,如果伊萬是為了開戰而來,他不會帶上自己的妻子和孩子。因此他們選擇採取等候、觀望的態度。

隨著時間的推移,肖恩一家得以學習瓦亞納語以及他們充滿恐懼的、有靈論的世界觀。瓦亞納人相信,唯一的好靈魂,也就是創造世界的靈魂,已經離開了。

“我們得以開始用這種方式向他們呈現基督:即那位偉大的靈魂可能在那一刻離開了,但祂差遣了祂的兒子,祂兒子的名字是耶穌。”湯姆說。

有一名“薩滿”(或巫醫),在肖恩一家把他從一次嚴重的疾病中救護過來後,信仰了基督。在這個以前從未被宣教士接觸過的部落,這件事為部落的其他人能以接受福音真理打開了大門。

藉著上帝的恩典,瓦亞納人以及鄰近的特裡奧部落中有很多人信仰了基督。這只是故事的開始。

禱告

天父,感謝你通過肖恩一家和其他宣教士把上帝的話語傳入蘇里南的瓦亞納人當中。感謝你在瓦亞納部落的關鍵領袖中傳揚福音真理。願門徒訓練帶來屬靈生命的成長。

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Day 17 The Wayana people of Suriname

Christ comes to the jungles of Suriname

Tom Schoen was 2 years old when he moved with his older brother and sister and his mom and dad from California to the jungles of the tiny South American nation of Suriname.

The family traveled by dugout canoe to the vicinity of the Wayana, an unreached tribe that his parents, Ivan and Doris Schoen, sought to introduce to Christ. The young family lived in a tent for nine months, gradually getting to know their new neighbors and their language, until the Wayana invited them to live in their village. They built a hut just like the other huts in the village and lived in it as a family.

For an active boy growing up, life couldn’t have been better.

“Growing up in the jungle for a boy is heaven,” said Tom Schoen, now 65, who has served many years as a pastor in California. “I mean, it’s a big playground.”

Though the jungle was a playground from a boy’s perspective, the mission agency sending the Schoens had wanted to send only Ivan initially. Just a few years earlier, Jim Elliot and four other missionaries had been martyred by the Auca Indians, a similar South American tribe.

Ivan and Doris prayed intensely and thought God was telling them to go as a family. The wisdom of that choice became clear later, after the Schoens had befriended the tribe.

“The things that they had intertribal warfare over—they would shoot men, and they would steal women and steal children,” Tom explained. But the tribe reasoned that if Ivan had come for war, he wouldn’t have brought his own wife and children. They adopted a wait-and-see posture instead.

In time, the Schoens were able to learn the Wayana language and their fearful, animistic worldview. The Wayana believed that the only good spirit, the one who had created the world, had left.

“We were able to begin to present Christ in the fashion that that great spirit may have left at that point, but that he sent his Son, and his Son’s name is Jesus,” Tom said.

A shaman, or witch doctor, professed faith in Christ after the Schoens nursed him back to health from a serious illness. That opened the way for others in this previously unreached tribe to embrace gospel truth.

By God’s grace, a large number of the Wayana people, as well as the neighboring Trio tribe, came to faith in Christ. But that’s only the beginning of the story.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank for your work through the Schoen family and other missionaries carrying God’s Word into Suriname. Thank you for reaching the heart of key leaders in the Wayana tribe. May spiritual growth deepen through discipleship training.

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