Book Review: OUR WITCHDOCTORS ARE TOO WEAK
Authors: Davey and Marie Jank
Imagine living for years in an Amazon jungle village that doesn’t have the luxury of running water (except in an alligator-infested river). Home is a wattle-and-daub hut with a mud floor and thatched roof. The people speak a language you don’t know – a language that has never been written down or translated. Snacks? Thumb-sized white grubs. And you have to eat them to be polite.
Your only link to the outside world, and to anyone who speaks your language, is a radio with poor reception. Your transportation is by foot or in a hand-hewn boat, or by plane. Except you have to build a runway before the plane can get to you.
Imagine doing all of this, and facing these hardships, because you know that God wants you there to translate their language and to teach these people to read.
I’m a Christian. My faith is central to my life, but I am so very glad that God didn’t ask me to eat grubs. I’m really not sure I could. (Which is probably why He didn’t ask me.)
Davey Jank not only imagined himself in that remote village. He went there. He did that for the Wilo people who had begged for years and years to have “God’s Talk” – what they call the Bible – translated into their own language. So they could know about God. So they could free themselves from the despair of fear and the inability of their witchdoctors to appease the spirits.
Eventually, Davey married. His wife and several other missionaries joined him to help translate the Bible into the Wilo language. Fortunately for Davey, his wife doesn’t whine about wanting a dishwasher, or a bathroom, or not having a fast-food restaurant in the neighborhood (except for that rotten tree full of thumb-sized grubs).
In a delightfully humorous yet heart-touching memoir – Our Witchdoctors are Too Weak – Davey and his wife Marie relate their adventures in the Wilo village. They were, and are, successful in their mission. One village man – newly literate and a new Christian – puts it like this: “The things that we are saying today [about faith and God] are not things that you have taught us; they are things that God’s Spirit has taught our spirit.”
Davey Jank says, “I was never more happy to be rendered irrelevant.”
Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak by Davey and Marie Jank is available from most online booksellers. Order from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Our-Witchdoctors-Are-Too-Weak/dp/0857210084/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1301679342&sr=1-1. Or Barnes & Noble at http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Our-Witchdoctors-Are-Too-Weak/Davey-Jank/e/9780857210081/?itm=1&USRI=our+witchdoctors+are+too+weak.
I’m also giving away two copies. Just post a reply to this review.
I’ll draw two names from those who post on this review and those who post on this week’s Wild Word Friday (April 08), which will feature a word from the Wilo language. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you a book. Reply on both posts and you’ll have two chances to win!
Q4U: Anybody for a grub? What’s your most UNfavorite food?