Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak: The Rebirth of an Amazon Tribe

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A funny, inspirational account of living in the Amazon 

When Davey Jank started a new life as a missionary among a remote tribe in the Amazon jungle, he entered a world most of us will never encounter: a world where witchcraft and shamanism are the trade of the powerful; where fear drives a timid and isolated society to acts of desperation and the brink of despair; where God's Word has not been heard.

Davey and his wife, Marie--and the others who later join in the mission--struggle to decipher and learn the unwritten language of the tribe. It takes years of comical and tragic misunderstandings, correction, and painstaking effort. Years in which the Wilo people, sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patiently, wait to learn what "God's Talk" says.

Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak is Davey and Marie's honest and inspiring account of their more than fifteen years among the Wilos. Their modern-day miracle is sure to revitalize the reader's desire to spread God's Word to every corner of the world.

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Davey Jank is a Canadian raised in the Amazonian jungle by missionary parents. After studying linguistics, he responded to an invitation by the Wilo tribe.

Marie Jank hails from Miami. After studying journalism she worked in PR before training as a teacher.

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From the first pages of this delightful memoir, the missionaries in question—Davey from Canada, Marie from Miami—do not take themselves too seriously. Although they leave their friends and family behind to teach Bible lessons to indigenous people, the Wilos, in the Amazon jungle, they make no attempt to hide their shortcomings, which include dubious attempts to hide from the people they are there to serve. There are also many adventures in the jungle. They go wild-pig hunting, spear fish among alligators, and sample the native cuisine. They encounter death and try to make sense of the Wilos’ complex kinship system. But their biggest goal and challenge, as well as a consistent theme throughout the narrative, is to learn a language unknown to the outside world sufficiently in order to give Bible lessons. Whether large or small, their hard-fought victories are celebrated by the couple with grace and good humor. An entertaining read, especially for anyone interested in the missionary life. --June Sawyers

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