April Update

Hello!  Hope everyone had a great Easter.  Though I bet you didn’t hear drums from a ceremonial dance (konggap) down the path all night…!!  Someday in the not too distant future, we hope to hear something different than a “konggap” (translated “devil’s dance”) on Easter.  It’s so hard to wait sharing the very real reason for rejoicing on Easter with them as we plug away at learning their heart language.

We have been down to our hut in the village, and have spent a good number of nights there.  Everyone has been thrilled that we are there with them.  What a blessing it’s been!  And I didn’t know I’d ever say that about a hut…  With somewhere to stay when it rains, even when it rains all night, we get to spend tons of time just hanging out with people (like days at a time).  People love to stop by and sit with us at our fire pit, and laugh at our fire making non-abilities.  It’s so damp, we can hardly light paper!  The key seems to be to use bamboo, it burns really hot, and if you break it so the ends splinter, it’s (somewhat) easy to light.  Joey’s goal is to be able to light a fire without matches, like they do when they run out.  (Using the basic boy scout technique of rubbing the right sticks together long enough and fast enough… the rest of us are content with matches!)

Though it’s still tough for our kids to break out of their comfort zones and hang out with the kids here, which is something we didn’t really anticipate,  being down in Mibu with kids playing everywhere all the time and no toys inside to distract them, they have been doing better.  Spending time playing on the tribal kids turf somehow makes the bridge easier.  Please continue to pray for them, as we would like them to catch onto the bigger reason we are here.  The reason that we spend time with people, learn their language, and get out of our own comfort zones.  We want the people here to know us, to trust us, to regard us as their friends, that the message of who God is and what He’s done for them may come from friends who love them and earnestly desire their best, besides speak their language well and understand where they are coming from culturally.  And if we only learned their language, but didn’t get to know them personally, how well would we REALLY learn their language or customs???

Continue also your prayers for us, that we would put first things first, and be willing to let less important things go.  Pray that we would make the most of our opportunities.  And Praise the Lord for our hut!!  🙂

Love in Christ,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia

PS  Here’s a few more interesting facts about the Mibu people we are living amongst that you probably didn’t know…

1.  If I want to communicate “no” without saying anything, I can stick out my lower lip.

2.  If a Mibu person’s eyebrow itches, they believe it is a sign that a new person is about to show up in the next day or so.

3.  On the trail, I can tell someone there is a snake ahead without saying a word, simply by shaking my finger at them.