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CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP

doug ^
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Christian Missionary Fellowship
Private Bag
Morogoro, Tanzania
Africa

February, 1987
Often in our work with the Baraguyu and Maasai of East Africa, we have taught

that God accepts people the way they are. We have had to do this because many
missions have made it appear that to become a Christian means to change: to

quit wearing beads, to adopt Western clothing or to give up tobacco.


We have tried to exhibit God's love for the Baraguyu by involving ourselves in
their traditional culture, drinking their sour milk, and eating whatever they
offer us. At times we so wholeheartedly embrace their way of life, that it
takes something extraordinary to remind us that God does, indeed, intend to
change some aspects of Baraguyu culture.

Last week, we knew something had happened because our neighbor. Ng'oto Ng'ae
persisted in hanging around, even though we had climbed under our sleeping
nets to avoid the inosquitos that come out at dusk during this season. I went
out to see what she wanted, going through the formalities of zouting
n<im
before finding out why she had come. She seemed a little embarrassed, as if
she were about to ask for something. Instead, she unloaded some hard
news--one of our neighbor's young wives had tried to kill herself by drinking
concentrated cattle dip, a medicine used to kill ticks.
Immediately, I recalled the twelve-year-old girl who had committed suicide in
the same way just before Christmas. She had done it because she had recently
been made to marry a man easily old enough to be her grandfather. Wcu thJj>

n(u,gkboA, oi

dying? I asked.

Early the next morning, another lady, Ng'oto


Paano, came by and I asked her if there was
any news of the woman. She did not know but
said that she planned to go later to her
village to inquire.

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Ng'oto Paano and child

Whif did -6fie imnt to IzJM, koA^zti?

I asked.

The reply

given to me was, H(LA. hiuband tb a dAankaAd and hz ^n^tUtzd

kzA. and VLQjxttd kQ,A. (la/uhly^ i Maybe -ikz had bc,zn cuA^ed.
(Uko know^?

I thought for a minute and spoke.

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I

Ng'oto PaanOt tvhzn pnopZz h<tA,z bzZitvQ, In Je^LL6 and ^oltou)

Hhn, tkQ.n hiubancU uj^ctC Zovz thOAA.


tovt thzAjL hx^band^,
in Kzni/a.

and iiitue6 uUZZ

I havz 4eert it happzn mtk tkn Maa^ai

But, she protested, tko. onJbj pzopZo, aAoiind kviz uho want
tkz. chuAck oAe mmzn.

Thz mzn hatz i t ,

I answered her, So did tht men in (Cznya.

6tA.ong,

Bat God i^

Wkzn Hii Spi^Ut LOOA.I16 in tkziA. kzoAt-ii, tkz mzn

koAZ mZt bzlizvz ax-60.

Givz tt6 timz,

Voug Loitt feeep visiting uMXk tkz mzn and gzt to know tkom.
We know tkzy o^^ume tkz chuAck it onJbj
womzn and
dhildJizn, Thzy think that i^ tkzy join thz chuAch thoj^
witt havz to qvJX ahzwing tobacco, dunking blood ox
divoAct thziA, mo^t xzcznt oocue^.

That ib not what wz

bztlzvz, and whzn thz mzn hzxz ixndvu,tand that, thzn many
0^ thzm wiZX, bztizvz and (^oZiow Je-6iu.
Ng'oto Paano was not entirely convinced that
what I said could possibly be true. She
wanted to believe that the bad things could

change for the better, that husbands and


wives could love each other.

But, I believe

a spark of hope had been 1it In her. And,

we are convinced that God will not

There's a world to winl

fLolhf^
Robyn and Doug Priest,
Nicole and Andrea
Nicole and a month-old Baraguyu baby

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Season's Greetings

from the Tanzania team

Dennis and Mary Reid, Perry and Connie Shuart, Phillip and Tim,
Doug and Robyn Priest, Nicole and Andrea
Praise be to the Lord because He has come and has redeemed us.

While we celebrate Christmas, help us remember the reason for our


celebration. May we share the Good News like the angels, worship
like the shepherds, and follow like the wise men.
CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP

[PRA^^ES )
WE THANK GOD:

for your partnership with us in opening the door of Christian


love to the Baraguyu,

for the Perry Shuart family's ^afe arrival and their contribu
tion to the team,

for interest shown in Twatwatv^a

(Doug Priest's family's

area) to initial teaching,


for good health.
REQUESTS
Remember Tim and Phil Shuarl who are in the 7th and 10th

grades at boarding school in KeriVa.

Pray for the Dave Gustin famjiy's expected arrival in early


1988.

Ask God to bless the Dan CrLjifn family as they continue sup
port raising in Indiana for a Sprji ng, 1988, departure.
Pray for receptivity in Kamba rk where the Dennis Reid family has located.
Remember the Doug Priest, J family as they continue to
teach in Twatwatwa.

Ask God's blessings on the Gr 4g Johnson family


furlough, preparing for a summe r 1988 arrival.

Doug and Robyn Priest, Jr.

Dennis and

who are on

Perry and
Shuart
^Porru
anH Connie
r.nnnio .Qhnart

Mary ReidO

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