My husband posted the following a while ago and this year I surprised him by having his map framed for his office.
(A note from Yekwanaman)
I just unpacked a hand
drawn survey map of the Caura/Erebato river basin in Venezuela, made
sometime after MAF first entered Venezuela back in the late 1950´s. It
shows the rivers, rapids and different villages, (Chajuraña is on
there). Those pilots flew many hours just to record what was down below.
Perhaps they were the first to do it. I will be framing it and putting
on my office wall here in Paraguay as a connection to the life I will
It was given to me by a missionary in
Venezuela who at one time was with the Orinoco River Mission. He and his
wife lived on a house boat with their 6 children as they traveled to
preach in different villages along the Orinoco. They, and others,
wanted to go deeper into the jungle, but they needed help. That was
when MAF came into the picture.
family with ORM was in the village of Chajuraña traveling in and out by
canoe. They loved the MAF plane and the pilots. They helped us with
advice and counsel on our way there 20+ years later .
I see places on the map in the jungle where I slept, where the men went hunting, and rapids where some of my friends died.
touch the map is like touching almost 60 years of missions history,
most of it will be forgotten in a few decades and the world will never
know of the pilots, missionaries and tribal people who lived in that
region. But the people who have lived and worked there, who know Jesus
Christ as their Savior, will one day be reunited as family. We will eat
Washadi ,(Tapir), Cawaadi (Deer), casabe (manioc bread) and waddue
(hot peppers sauce) and drink as much manñoco and Yucuta as we possibly
And we will laugh like Ye'kwanas. because it is so much fun.
Yep, I am gonna frame that map and hang it to remember.