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The native groups in the Peruvian Amazon have only known Christ for one generation. Just one generation ago they were fearful, aggressive, and animistic; all their contacts with outsiders were marked by violence. But now there are transformed. One missionary writes that since embracing faith in Christ, the men are more tender with their wives and children. These native believers have problems like Christians anywhere else, but they, more than most, can appreciate the difference between "before" and "after" Christ.


An anthropologist recently visited the Bora people and started criticizing the missionaries. "Christianity is for the white man," the anthropologist said. "You people should go back to your old religion and your old ways." An indignant Bora church leader, remembering the old days, eyed the anthropologist. "Yes, and if we did, you’d be the first one in the pot." (Christianity Today Oct 2 ’95 p29)

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