While I was serving in Paraguay, a Maka Indian named Rafael
came to sit on my porch. I was eating and went out to see what
he wanted. He responded, "Ham, henek met." Again I asked what
I could do for him, but the answer was the same. I understood
what he was saying but not its significance: "I don’t want
anything; I have just come near."
I later shared the incident with a local veteran missionary.
He explained that it was Rafael’s way of honoring me. He
really didn’t want anything; he just wanted to sit on my
porch. He found satisfaction and pleasure just being near me.
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