Rain on the Righteous and on the Unrighteous

DSCF2836It has been an unusually wet couple of months.  They tell us that this is the dry season and that there are sometimes even droughts in this part of Tanna, but this year it has been wet and windy.  In fact it has been so wet that at times it has slowed my work in visiting mission fields.

I am not the only one whose work has been slowed.  There are three trucks in this part of Tanna other than mine.  Last week the drivers went together to see the ‘kastom man’ who ‘works’ the rain to accuse him of using the rain to spoil their businesses.  You see, on Tanna, rain is thought to be controlled by people. Continue reading

The Number of Fear

Mission WorkerA mission worker called for assistance at his mission field due to SDAs ‘making trouble.’  I only heard about it at the last minute but did what I could to get there after what had already been a long day.

It seemed that the ‘trouble’ was to do with the number of the beast from Revelation 13:18 and the mission worker had called a week long workshop to work through the issue and other issues relating to the SDAs.  He had called for the assistance of a pastor, and since I was the mission director and the only pastor with transport, the job fell to me.  Continue reading

Was Jon Frum ‘John from America’?

As I have said in a previous post on the Jon Frum cult found on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, there is great disagreement on both the origins of the cult and the identity of Jon Frum.  One particularly tantalising version has it that the name ‘Jon Frum’ came from a misunderstanding when a US serviceman who introduced himself as ‘John from America’ was misunderstood to be named ‘Jon Frum’.  When I was on Tanna in April I stumbled on a diary extract that shed a little light on the matter. Continue reading

“Two Hats”: A Review

Two Hats

A film by Andrew Garcia

 “Lord, Lord I want to make a difference.  But how?  How can I make a difference?  And do they need change?  Do they want change?  If they do, where do I start?  What right do I have to burst in on their culture and expect them to change?  What are they thinking?  Why do they do what they do?  I guess I need to make some changes too.  Lord, help me to understand so that I may be understood and make your message clear.” Continue reading