How far do you walk to make a call?

POSTED ON 2012-12-19
  by Cathy Drobnick

Lori Morley makes a long, steep hike up a mountain through the jungle in order to use a cell phone.

“How far did you walk to make your last phone call?” Lori Morley asks. However far it was, it probably wasn’t a 2½-hour uphill hike.

Lori says not only was the path to the phone call uphill, but it was criss-crossed with slippery tree roots that frequently caused her to stumble. “I breathed heavily during the workout and sweat ran in rivulets down my face.”

Thankfully, she says, the morning air of the remote jungle was cool and refreshing.

Occasionally, her Simbari friend would glance back to see if Lori was all right.  Or she would pause to allow her to catch her breath.

Lori persevered and made it to the top of the mountain—the closest place for kilometres around to get a cell phone signal.

Lori was making the hike to check in with Raymond, a Simbari believer who is living in a city at some distance so that he can teach God’s Word to some of his relatives there.

Some Simbari people make the cell phone connection hike every Saturday in order to talk to their friends and relatives in other places. It’s a way of life in an isolated location.

The distance she had to climb and the time it took made Lori very thankful for the internet connection that allows her to talk to friends and family at home via Skype.

“That is a hike I don’t want to be making too often!” she adds.

In this shrinking world of technology, it’s amazing to think that that are still remote places in the world where unreached people are lost and dying without the hope of the Gospel.

Maybe like Lori, God has planned for you to venture into a distant place. Maybe you are the one to reach out to an unreached tribe who desperately needs to hear the Good News about Christ. Find out how you can.

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