I’m posting a chapter at a time of my most recent book, for about a week each. Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia is due out in Spring 2013.
The teenage boys of the Dani tribe in the Pyramid Valley jumped and shouted outside the missionary’s house with such energy that their long black hair bounced on their backs. “Tuan Yon! Tuan Yon!”
Henry Young got out of bed and came to the door, where he could see the sun just beginning to peek over the horizon.
“Tuan Yon, you must hear! In another village, near us, a man has come who can’t see. He is very short. The gun shot him many years ago. It went right through him, but he’s still alive!”
“What? What are you talking about?” Henry Young passed his hand over his sleepy eyes.
“Long times past, this blind man went away, but now he has come back! The river! The river waters stop and let him go by on dry ground!”
“Who is it?” Henry asked. “Where did you get this story?”
“Didn’t you hear about him?” one boy insisted. “If he dies, his family won’t burn him. They’ll just throw him in the river. Then he’ll come back to life!”
All the boys sucked in their breaths, their eyes wide.
“And then we’ll be able to see the spirits of the dead, Tuan!” another boy added. “They’ll look like you!” But the boys were too excited to laugh. They nearly trembled at the wonder of this amazing man. “Do you want to come see him?”
“You’d better believe I do,” Henry muttered. He got his clothes on and walked with the boys to the nearby village. They continued to chatter all the way.
From a distance they could see the crowd. How many here? Henry wondered. Must be thousands. They were still gathering, coming from villages all around. Everyone was chattering about the amazing stories they had heard.
This chapter was actually posted for way longer than a week because I forgot to remove it. Hope you enjoyed it!