Make a list of all the attributes of God listed in this Psalm. In your opinion which would be the four most important for a unreached Tribesman to know? Explain.
What words and phrases in this Psalm describe God’s global view of mankind.
Now read the Psalm again, but this time aloud. Go verse by verse and wherever possible, insert “Tribal people” into the text. Describe how that helps you gain an appreciation of God’s heart for unreached Tribal people.
I did not realize I stood guilty before God. Or that He could cast me into the place of fire. I lived in total ignorance and darkness.
Did the Tribesman become guilty by hearing the gospel or did the gospel just make him aware of his guilt?
How does the answer to this question shape missions to unreached tribal peoples?
You cannot live as an extra tool that is not being used. Many have not heard God’s talk and are on their way to the place of fire. You in America have training in learning other people’s languages and are well trained to reach people in remote corners who speak different languages. Therefore the work of teaching them is for you to do.
Are we extra tools that aren’t being used? Explain.
You might need to leave houses or cars, but those are only things of this ground…. You cannot allow yourself to be a prisoner of your possessions.
Are we prisoners of our possessions? If so, what steps can we take to gain freedom?
"I still had no clue what being a missionary looked like. A good friend urged Lael and me to take a class called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. This semester-long course infected us with God’s heart for the nations! We went through the biblical basis for missions, the history of missions in the church, the major cultural blocs that are still without the gospel, and strategic ways to reach them.
We had our first exposure to tribal people. If every tribal person on the planet held hands, they would stretch around the globe more than nine times! Clearer vision: we want to plant churches among an unreached people group. We still had some fears about reaching tribal people, though. How could we live out in the jungle for 15 years? Are they just going to kick us out of a plane? How could we ever be Bible translators?
Ultimately, I was challenged by Brad Buser with, “Why wouldn’t you go tribal?” Good question. I didn’t have an answer, so I prayed, “God, I don’t really have a desire to do tribal missions, but if it’s what you have for us, give us that desire.” During the next few months, God placed people in our path who answered tons of our questions. Then we toured the Missionary Training Center in Missouri, and we were sold! New Tribes had the most extensive pre-field training we had ever seen! Plus they had an amazing longterm strategy for seeing indigenous churches planted and Scriptures translated. We are so excited to be going tribal!" Excerpts from Jack Crabtree’s description of his journey to becoming a Tribal Church Planter.
Based on Jack’s story, what steps would we need to take to become more confident about our role in Tribal missions?
My companion saw my confusion and signaled me to stop and listen. It was several minutes before I began to pick out which sounds were which—animals, birds, insects, humans. Then, slowly, the separate voices became more distinct. Finally, after more patient listening, I heard it. Behind the hue and cry of the jungle, behind the voices of my companions, behind the quiet sound of my own breathing, was the haunting, reedy voice of the piping turkey, calling out as if it were inside a hollow tube. It was a poignant moment for me. I wondered what else I’d missed—not only in the jungle, but also in my own spiritual life. How much had I overlooked when I’d failed to patiently tune in to God’s subtle voice in the midst of life’s chaos and stresses? Olson, Bruce (2013-10-22). Bruchko And The Motilone Miracle: How Bruce Olson Brought a Stone Age South American Tribe into the 21st Century (pp. 132-133). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.
How might someone tune into God’s subtle voice in the midst of life’s noise, to hear if He might be inviting them to participate in Tribal missions?
What other noises compete for the subtle quiet voice of God?
Shh. Do you hear the piping turkey? Share what God is saying to you about becoming involved in bringing the gospel to an unreached Tribe.
The following morning Cam and Francisco headed southwest towards the border of El Salvador. They stopped at over thirty villages as they went and talked to countless people. At least, Francisco Díaz did. Few of the Cakchiquel Indians in the area spoke Spanish, making it difficult for Cam to have a conversation with any of them. The people also had no use for the Spanish Bibles Cam had with him. Indeed, one Indian man became indignant when Cam offered him a tract in Spanish. “Do you have one in Cakchiquel?” he asked. “There are none. I’m sorry,” replied Cam. “Well,” retorted the man, “if your God is so great, why can’t he speak my language?” Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2011-10-24). Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 510-515). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
This poignant question eventually launched a bible translation ministry called Wycliffe Bible Translators. Today it has over 2,000 workers in over 500 languages in over 20 countries. Yet, there are still several million tribesmen who speak thousands of languages who are asking the same question. How does this shape your attitude towards Tribal missions?
“The greatest missionary of all is the Bible in a person’s own language. It never needs a furlough, and it is never considered a foreigner.” Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2011-10-24). Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1865-1866). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
How might this statement compel someone to engage in the task of bring the Scriptures to an unreached tribe?