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17 February 2011 @ 01:35 pm
...and then the end will come. Thoughts on missions.  

This is, allegedly, the latest footage of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes living in the Brazilian rainforest from Jose Carlos Meirelles who works for FUNAI, a government agency that protects Brazil’s indigenous people. And it got me thinking. Watch the video and keep reading the post below.

There's a passage in the Bible that reads

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (http://bible.us/Matt24.14.ESV)

This raises a debate for me; on one hand, I really would like to see Heaven here on earth...so the Church should get right in there and translate languages and share the Bible, giving them a chance to hear "this gospel".

But on the other hand, is the church really equipped to do this new work?

I believe God can do mighty things, that he could protect the tribes and missionaries protection from germs and warefare.  He has before and maybe this time He will.

But can't we figure out other ways to bring "this gospel" to them without worsening their potentially endangered status?  Can we listen from a safe distance? put together a technologicaly sophisticated approach?

What's the plan? Who's working on it?

P.S. One additional thing I'll throw in the works: who's to say they haven't had "this gospel" proclaimed to them; God's a pretty sophisticated player in the supernatural.