The Psalmist describes four types of people. Read verses 4-32 one your own and share which describes you the most? What specific words or verses caught your attention? Does this relate to unreached Tribal peoples?
Read verse 2. What is the value of sharing our story with others?
Read verse 3. Are our stories timeless and universal? How might an unreached Tribal person relate to your story?
In 1985, New Tribes missionaries began the long-term task of planting a Church among the Siawi people. Jason Swanson and his family joined the team in 1999. “It has been a long road of watching guys over the years slowly but surely grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s truth.”
Why is Church planting among tribal people is for the long haul?
In 2011, with a Church established among the Siawi people, Jason and his family left the village and their friends
We think getting there is difficult, however based on the depth of their love for these people, what do you think it was like for Jason and his family to leave them?
Why is leaving important? What happens if you leave too early or too late? What happens if you never leave?
“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” — David Livingstone
What enables a person to forsake the comfort of home for the rigors of brining the gospel to unreached Tribal peoples?
“Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.” — David Livingstone
How does this powerful statement say about our involvement in Tribal missions?
Chief Sechele began to ask David many questions about his religion. He wanted to know why, if it was so important for people to hear of this God, had it taken so long for white men to come and tell the Africans about Him. This was one question David had no answer for. Benge, Geoff; Benge, Janet (1999-09-01). David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1460-1462). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What part can we play to put and end to that question?
In August 1865, David Livingstone left England for the last time. As he left, his heart was heavy. His mother had died during his time at home, and just before boarding the ship, he received news that his oldest son Robert had died in a prisoner-of-war camp in North Carolina. Benge, Geoff; Benge, Janet (1999-09-01). David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 2796-2798). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Missionaries have alway faced hard goodbyes and difficult departures. What, for you, might be the hardest part of accepting the invitation to becoming involved in Tribal missions? What motivation would cause you to still move forward?
Read Global Starting Point #8
Support others or Go Yourself. Is God clarifying your role in Tribal missions? Are you learning more toward Support or Go? Explain.
Reflect on what you learned in this meeting and allow it to guide you as you pray together as a group.