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HAM, HENEK, MET


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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