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Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak: The Rebirth of an Amazon Tribe

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A funny, inspirational account of Bible translation in the Amazon When Davey Jank started a new life as a missionary among a remote tribe in the Amazon jungle, he entered a world most of us will never encounter: a world where witchcraft and shamanism are the trade of the powerful; where fear drives a timid and isolated society to acts of desperation and the brink of despai ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Monarch Books
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Faith
Sep 10, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it
At the top of the cover of Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak by Davey & Marie Jank it says "An astonishing biography." While very interesting, I did not find it astonishing. As a Christian I was very happy to learn that missionaries didn't simply decide that the Wilo people needed to be evangelized. This is the story of a missionary who was invited by a people who wanted to learn "God's Talk." It is also good to know that missionaries (at least some) now learn to accept their new "flock" they ...more
LeAnne
It was with memories of romantic teenage dreams of adventure in the jungle in the name of the Jesus that I read Our Witchdoctors are too Weak; the Rebirth of an Amazon Tribe by Davey and Marie Jank. I laughed out loud. Davey Jank has a delightful ability to laugh at himself, his mistakes and his misunderstandings. It was easy to see my own cultural ignorance reflected in those mistakes and laugh at myself as well. He includes just enough of the puzzle of linguistics to remind me of my teenage ...more
Eric Wright
May 15, 2011 Eric Wright rated it it was amazing
As the subtitle states, this book is truly, – The rebirth of an Amazon tribe.

The Jank’s tell an amazing story of ten years labour to learn the language and culture of a remote Amazonian tribe from Venezuela called the Wilo. Although this tribe themselves long desired to hear God’s talk, no one knows how or why this desire arose. Hearing about this longing, the Janks and other missionaries of the New Tribes Mission dedicated themselves to the painstaking process of bringing them God’s Word. This
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B
Jan 06, 2011 B rated it liked it
Shelves: missions
This was an interesting book about on-going mission work in the Amazon. It was an easy read because the authors broke the story into very small chapter bites. This, however, also had the effect of making the chronology hard to follow (there were also very few dates to help). The two most interesting things in this book were the effect of technology on missions & the brief explanations of the details of translation work. [return][return]The author was very excited about a primitive form of ...more
Jan
Oct 14, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
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I have read quite a few books on missionaries, but this title told by Davey Jank as he starts a new life in the Amazon jungle with the Wilo tribe, was the most enjoyable of them all. The chapters were very short, but as honest as could be, and in those moments delightful and challenging. He had to learn from scratch the tribe's unwritten tongue. It was a challenge as the tribe members wanted to really head “God's talk” and they needed to know more than life was a cycle of fearing and appeasing t
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Traci
Mar 21, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it
I received this book courtesy of a blog tour giveaway at literary agent Rachelle Gardner's site Rants & Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent. I'm under no obligation to give the book a positive review; I simply consented to read it and post my opinion here.

That said, I am pleased to highly recommend Davey and Marie Jank's account of their missionary work among the Wilo tribe of Venezuela.

Imagine being dropped off in the middle of a remote jungle where you know no one, don't speak the langu
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Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 Valerie Comer rated it really liked it
Deep in the Amazon jungle, the Wilo people waited for a missionary to come teach them “God’s Talk.” They’d heard bits of it in Spanish and other tribal languages (which none of them spoke fluently) and they’d been asking for twenty-five years for someone to come explain it to them. Davey Jank was the answer to their request, and over time he was joined by several other people, including his wife, Marie, intent on learning the Wilo language and culture. There’s no Rosetta Stone for Wilo! Davey ...more
Anita Draper
Apr 06, 2011 Anita Draper rated it really liked it
I don't usually read non-fiction and yet I really enjoyed this book. The author is very humorous and writes in an entertaining style that enthralled me. Several times I laughed out loud at the descriptions presented on everything from housecleaning ants to the Wilos lack of a word for `no'. Steadfast in his faith, the author sets out to learn the language and customs of an Amazon tribe who requested missionaries to teach them about 'God's talk'. He faces witchcraft in action, tribal traditions ...more
JoyfulK
Jul 18, 2011 JoyfulK rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the vignette-like chapters about a Canadian minister living in an isolated village with the Wili tribe in the Amazon. For example, there's the curious combination of ancient practice and modern technology, encapsulated by men from the village spearfishing using traditional techniques---while wearing scuba goggles. The author's detailed descriptions of encounters with ants and other creatures are well-written, with a strong dose of self-mockery. I enjoyed reading about the customs and ...more
Terry Cave
Jan 16, 2011 Terry Cave rated it liked it
I firstly need to say that I think it is awesome that Davey spent at least 10 years of his life in the amazon jungle, to ensure that the locals can receive God's word and have the opportunity to be saved for eternity.....awesome stuff.

As far as the book went, I did like it, but found that Davey's sense of humour was a bit much at times. I would have liked to hear more about the training of the locals in God's word and would have loved to hear more about the conversions and more about the growth
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Kris
Aug 19, 2011 Kris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: recommend
What a great little book this is. Davy's writing style is interesting and always entertaining. It was so amazing to get an inside view of what it is really like to be a missionary - the obstacles, the adventures and the rewards. I especially appreciated Davey's honesty as he shared some of the things that were hard for him.
I would definitely recommend this book. The chapters are short and easy to read but pieced together they show us the journey it took to get the Word of God into the hands of
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Julie Cave
Jan 08, 2011 Julie Cave rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - it is very different to the usual missionary story. Written by a Canadian missionary in the Amazon, I loved his quirky and sarcastic sense of humour - so similar to my Australian one! The descriptions of daily struggles and culture shock were both challenging and amusing. I really admire and respect these missionaries dedication (ten years plus before the Bible could be translated) and compassion for these tribal people. I highly recommend this.
Rebecca
Mar 10, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I love to read accounts of missionaries and their work for the Lord, but I did not care for the style that this author used to deliver his story. He tried to be too funny and was quite silly at times and it fell flat with me. The story also came across as disjointed. I do want to say, though, thank you Mr. Jank and others for your years of service to the Lord and the Wilo people as you worked tirelessly to bring God's Word of salvation to them.
Trish Boese
Jan 26, 2016 Trish Boese rated it really liked it
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4* This is non-fiction about a missionary living in a remote village deep in the Amazon jungle. The chapters are short, and written with a real sense of humor. The author's task was to live among the Wilo tribe, learn their language, and then teach them the gospel. Their language was not written so he had to start from scratch.
Rachel Nichols
Aug 31, 2012 Rachel Nichols rated it it was amazing
Shelves: more-authors
A great book! I really enjoyed how Davey Jank wrote the book with a bit of quirky and sarcastic humor. It's amazing to see a missionary's life and all of the obstacles, trails, and also rewards. Davey is very honest through the book and I like that. The book is recommended for anyone, the chapters are short and easy to read, and I hope this review was helpful.
Rosie Cochran
May 24, 2011 Rosie Cochran rated it it was amazing
Excellent book revealing the difficulties of missionary life combined with the joys--with a good dose of humor thrown in. I personally know the authors and could totally see them in all the situations described.
SWC
Apr 10, 2016 SWC rated it it was amazing
By means of many short chapters the author highlights his experience with a team that developed a written language for an Amazon tribe that only had a spoken language. After that the Bible is translated into their language. Many thoughtful anecdotes are included.
Catherine Campbell
Apr 28, 2012 Catherine Campbell rated it really liked it
Davey Jank has a wonderful sense of humour making this missionary account even more interesting than the amazing facts it gives on Bible translation in a tribal situation. It's extremely enlightening and an easy read.
James
This book was hard to read in long sessions. It reads more like a blog as each chapter is quite small. He doesn't seem to get into much depth in most chapters and it left me feeling he was nothing more than superficial.
Steph Nickel
Sep 19, 2011 Steph Nickel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Steph by: A friend
Although I haven't finished OWATW, I have posted a review on my blog: http://bookrevu.wordpress.com

I highly recommend this book.
Darrin Niday
Jan 09, 2011 Darrin Niday rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, missions
great book has real insight on what missionaries go through, also the humor imputed in the book helps make it more real.
I enjoyed it and already getting ready to loan out my copy.
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