Item description for Torches of Joy: A Stone Age Tribe's Encounter With the Gospel (International Adventures) by John Dekker & Lois Neely...
Overview In 1960 the 25,000 Dani tribespeople hidden away in the remote Toli Valley of Irian Jaya used only stone tools and had no written language. Then, in one generation, they took the always dangerous, sometimes fatal, leap from the Stone Age into the twentieth century.
Publishers Description "On every continent, in every nation, God is at work in and through the lives of believers. From the streets of Amsterdam to remote Pacific islands to the jungles of Ecuador and beyond, each international adventure that emerges is a dramatic episode that could be directed only by the hand of God. In one generation, the Dani people of Irian Jaya took the dangerous leap from the Stone Age into the twentieth century, discovering the gospel of Jesus and their destiny as His helpers.
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Studio: Y W A M Pub
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher Y W A M Pub
Series International Adventures
Series Number 13
ISBN 0927545438 ISBN13 9780927545433
Reviews - What do customers think about Torches of Joy: A Stone Age Tribe's Encounter With the Gospel (International Adventures)?
Inspiring Story Jan 21, 2008
Sometimes reality is so much better than fiction. I'm not sure a fiction author could have imagined a better story line. Torches of Joy is an incredibly inspiring and uplifting book focused on the work of missionaries John and Helen Dekker among the Dani people. I'm always amazed at how God can take ordinary people and use them for extraordinary purposes. While a significant portion of the book is focused on the Dekker's lives and work, it is somewhat overshadowed by the power of God and his work among the Dani people. Miracles are prevalent and God's blessings on their work obvious. Most amazing, for me though, was the wisdom John and Helen showed in working with the Dani people. I can not imagine the overwhelming feelings they had at times to change the people rather than let God do the work for them. At the same time, the courage of the Dani people is highlighted and many of their sacrifices not forgotten.
Torches of Joy is very easy to read by children and adults. It doesn't go into a lot of details and moves from one story to the next, which is good for keeping children interested. It is an excellent guide to evangelism. The methods used by the Dekker's are often times, sadly forgotten in our modern culture. If you are wanting to strengthen your faith, educate your children, or simply be encouraged by the power of God, this is an excellent choice.
We loved this book!! Sep 23, 2001
I read a borrowed copy of this book aloud to my two children ages 8 and 11. We loved the story of John and Helen Dekker moving, with their family, into Toli River Valley area of New Guinea to be with the Dani people.
The work they were allowed to do was very inspiring. It was so interesting to consider explaining and teaching about Jesus and the Word of God to a people that have no knowlege of Him. There were many things that did not have direct paralels with the Dani culture, we enjoyed reading about how the Dekkers conveyed the message. The results were so touching. It reminded me, that each of us is in the same position and can be touched and changed as dramatically as the Dani's were changed by knowing and following Jesus.
The spirit that the Lord imparted to the Dani's under John and Helen Dekker was very precious. They desired to give to others what had been given to them. And they endeavored to do it.
We all loved meeting the different Dani's through the story. We will only travel in wururu's after this, never airplanes. We laughed at the Dani's attempt to convey modesty, cried at their losses and really appreciated the sacrifices that were made by the many people involved in this work, knowing that sacrifices extract a price.
We all agreed that we would need to get our own copy of this book. Another book in a similar vein we enjoyed was "In Search of the Source"--can't remember who it is by.
You will not be dissapointed. Feb 16, 2001
This is an amazing and inspiring story. I wish more people could know about this. It would make a great movie. If you are contemplating on reading this book, take my advice and do so. You will not be dissapointed. - DaveDavidson.com
Great True story of StoneAge Tribe entry into the 20th Cent. May 1, 1997
This is a very readable account of the emergence
of a tribe that was literally in the Stone Age (no
knowledge of or use of any metal!) into the 20th
Century during the 60's and 70's. These People
are still assimilating into the Indonesian culture
today. Much of the story is about the
evangelisation in a People centered, keep the
culture manner. The book is co-authored by and
about my father - so I have a personal interest in
this story! In fact I grew up as a child in the
midst of it.