Since coming to Tahiti, our team has majorly experienced how much we take communication for granted. The biggest obstacle each day has been our inability to speak French, especially when the majority of our ministry is evangelism. Picture our team of five Americans and two Australians roaming around trying to evangelise with hand gestures alone; since the locals speak little to no English and our own attempts at French are hardly intelligible. Today, however, was
a testimony of how faithful God is in spite of our weakness.
We were walking along the black beach, the rain keeping people from emerging out of their tin-walled homes, and found ourselves talking to the only people in sight: four men under a tree. There, we attempted to perform a skit we created that morning along with some French bible verses explaining what we were trying to communicate.
How do you say “awkward” in French?
Just picture this: a group of Tahitian men gathered around a notebook with scripture scribbled along a sheet that somewhat lined up with a homemade drama that we as white foreigners were performing.
What happened next reminded us that God can use anything and everything for good.
We prayed for the men and within ten minutes, all of us were sitting underneath the tin roof of the family’s home, circled around one another with the team singing song after song on the guitar. From there, the whole extended family and the neighbouring families were surrounding us. Next thing you know, we took over the beach with children using us as living jungle gyms while hand stand contests, seaweed wars, and dance battles took place. When it was time for us to go home,
almost 100 people were kissing our cheeks and asking us to come back tomorrow.
Our simple obedience to God by walking the beach that day led us to the many friendships that could not have been forged without His help. Hugs, laughter and kisses reciprocated the words we used to share the Gospel. Now we have Tahitian faces and futures to pray for. From there, a ripple effect of relationships and love can transform entire islands.
Written by Kiana Brown
World Explorer DTS Student
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