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Conversation With Senare

“We are about to stand up with you and have our picture taken by the white man”, he said. Senare, a man in his early 50’s spoke these words two days ago. Only, he wasn’t speaking to another person, he was speaking to a wild taro plant.

Later, back in the clan house he explained, “You see, this plant is a person. I talk to it, and give it food. At night, while I am dreaming he turns into a person and speaks to me in my dreams.”

He went on to explain that the taro plant protects him from enemies, and provides for him. He asked Geoff and I if this practice is correct. Since we are not yet ready to teach the Bible, we gave him this cultural analogy, “We came as a bird to your land, and now we are still sitting on our egg. After I go to America and come back again, we will crack the egg and you will see what is inside and understand.”

Please pray for us and the Mibu people, that God would give us wisdom as we prepare to teach the Bible. If we jump ahead of what we are able to communicate, we will confuse the matter and lessen their desire to hear what we have to say later. Pray that their hearts would be prepared for hearing the truth. Thank you!!

Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Shiloh, Marietta, and Solomon

Envisage

Envisage
I am a man of Mibu
where mountains and traditions are steep,
as such I hold to be true
what I see when I’m asleep.
Leaving the world of consciousness
consciousness of the world does not suspend
I hold firm any semblance –
for truth is truth, whether real or imagined.
My spirit in the midst of night
travels far with open eyes
and sees in the dark as if in light;
gives me meaning, tells no lies.
Ask me of my ancestors
names forgotten, it would seem.
Yet I need not look any farther
than answers revealed in my dreams.
As I lay me down to sleep
I pray unto this effigy;
reveal to me the secrets deep
of wealth, success, prosperity.
Note: Mangape (pictured) passed away two weeks ago.