The Brazilian mission “Missão Evangélica Caiuá” held a weeklong Bible conference for Kaiwá and Guarani church leaders. Loraine Bridgeman, a Wycliffe linguist-anthropologist, led an anthropological awareness session to help the Kaiwá become more aware of their own culture and how the Christian faith relates to it.
During the session, a group of Kaiwá church leaders made a list of all the character traits the Kaiwá people value most.
The list began with, “A well-respected and honored Kaiwá person displays humility, self-control and meekness. He or she should not be easily angered.”
After hearing the list, Loraine asked the group of church leaders a question. “Do you know someone that demonstrates all these traits?”
The team thought awhile, but they were having a difficult time thinking of anyone with all the traits they’d just listed.
And then the light dawned.
“Jesus is the perfect Kaiwá!”