Tim spent the first night in AKZ. This was what he saw as climbed out of his tent the following morning. Smoke is seeping out of everyone’s roof on a cold morning in late May as the nights are getting colder.
The girl holding the Bible is iTanz. She is married to Dery and lives in AKZ. Tim hiked the 9.5 miles to this village with Papan’i Dery, iTanz and her daughter Mira last week. Her family was excited to see her but more excited to see Mira, the granddaughter.
After everyone gathered in the center of the village near the meeting house the king gave an introduction and PD shared his testimony. The king expressed that this white man could speak Tanala but many murmured in disbelief. Tim opened with a common Tanala greeting that made the whole courtyard burst into laughter. Few Malagasy expect him to be able to speak Malagasy even after their king said he could. Even fewer thought it possible a white man could learn their unique, intimate greetings.
Making the effort to become like a people to win a people is something Paul wrote about in one of his letters to the church at Corinth…
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under [a]the Law, as under [b]the Law though not being myself under [c]the Law, so that I might win those who are under [d]the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.