The Roti of Life – College Team

“Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations.” —Isaiah 60:15

I’ve heard it said that this state alone, which really can’t be much bigger than a medium sized US-state, has over 19,000 villages, with over 16,000 that have still never even heard the name of Jesus. Truly, no one is traveling through. Two days ago, we went on a very strenuous 3-hour hike from another crazy 1-hour Jeep ride, which is still only coming from a very small city 3 hours from a bigger one. And as far as these villages go, this one was fairly close (some are 8 hours, some several days travel by foot). What a blessing to bring the Truth to a place so desperately far away from anything!

As we were embarking on one of the most beautiful hikes of my life through snow-peaked mountains, I came to realize I had probably never been this far from home. If something happened and I needed to be home immediately, it would still probably take about 4 days of travel… This is crazy to me. They even had a stretcher to carry any sick person the 3 to 4 hours to the nearest small hospital. The life these tribal people live is so different than any I’ve ever known.

As we approached this village, our national brother showed us a mountain that is sacred to the chief religion here. The town/city where we slept is a sacred place that people will even make pilgrammages to and from there to the mountain. Which means we’re right at the heart of everything…

“But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. —Psalm 115:4-8

There are 84 temples in this town, and if you could see how ridiculous they are! People literally worship sex organs which they say just “popped” out of the ground. I know there is a lot of sexual darkness in this place. As the verse above says, people who trust these things truly do lose all grips on the world around them. They don’t even know why they believe, they just do. So, we have a command to open the eyes of the people:

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘Seem your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’” They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” —Isaiah 62:10-12

We got to this very remote village and I was given the opportunity to share a story with 3 boys who were in +2 (seniors in high school). I felt very much like I was given the chance to give something like a Young Life club talk, except to Indians and through a translator. I shared the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and caring for our needs. Because this culture essentially doesn’t do bread, but does a thick, tortilla like food called roti with every meal, we translated the story as Jesus making 5 roti and 2 fish for food for over 5,000. I then shared how this story applied practically to our lives:

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the (roti) of life. Whoever comes to me will never grow hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty… For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” —John 6:35

The village has no believers, but these 3 boys were extremely receptive and were excited to read the Word we had given them. Pray that they will become leaders in their village and will free the people from the bondage they live in. As we begin our slow journey back home, pray that we would continue to make the most of every opportunity. I’ll leave you with some Avett:

“We came for salvation 
We came for family 
We came for all that’s good that’s how we’ll walk away 
We came to break the bad 
We came to cheer the sad 
We came to leave behind the world a better way 

And I would give up everything 
And if you were to come up clean 
And see you shine so bright in a world of woe 
And they may pay us off in fame 
But that is not why we came 
And if it compromises truth then we will go 

We came for salvation 
We came for family 
We came for all that’s good that’s how we’ll walk away 
We came to break the bad 
We came to cheer the sad 
We came to leave behind the world a better way.”

Know again that we couldn’t do any of this without you. Go in grace,

—Wesley

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