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The Wild Brothers: Adventures In Creation

THE WILD FAMILY
Mike and Libby Wild are the parents of the Wild brothers – Morgan, Hudson, Kian, and Asher. When they were young, their parents brought them to live as missionaries in the jungle of Southeast Asia to share the gospel with an unreached tribe. Here is a little about each brother:

  • Morgan, 18, is the oldest brother who loves playing stringed instruments - preferably the electric guitar and ukulele. “My brothers recognize me as a leader and I try to be a good example to them. As brothers we get along great together. No matter where we are in the world or what we are doing, I have the most fun when the four of us are doing it together.”
  • Hudson, 16, is the second oldest brother who enjoys collecting insects, birds, and mammals.  “I enjoy being part of a missionary family because I have been able to live with a remote tribe, experience their hopelessness in sin, and then watch their lives be transformed through the teaching of the Bible.”
  • Kian, 14, is the third brother who enjoys reading for a while when he is not outdoors. “Being in a missionary family gives me an amazing opportunity to collect and observe God’s creation in the bush.”
  • Asher, 12, is the youngest and he enjoys collecting insects. “That is the cool part about living in the jungle—you can see a lot that God has made and give Him glory.”

ADVENTURES IN CREATION
Morgan came up with the idea for the DVD series – Adventures in Creation. He wanted to show his peers what life is like for modern day missionary kids. There are eight episodes in the series. Morgan will be attending college in the U.S. in January, but the final DVD will be completed before he goes to school. (In 2011, Mike and Libby had another series called, Growing Up Wild.)

MISSIONARY KID LIFE
As missionary kids in the jungle of Southeast Asia, their lives may seem very different to others. But hunting and exploring in the jungle, eating jungle foods, and speaking a tribal language is normal to these brothers. Some of the things these brothers have experienced while living in the jungle:

  • They eat plenty of the tribal food, but do not eat a lot of meats although they do love seafood. They have eaten a variety of foods from their Western culture including soups, sandwiches, Asian curries, stir-fries, pizza, tacos, popcorn, and homemade bread.
  • They built their own house in the jungle out of planks cut from the jungle trees. They carried the planks up to the house site and built the house using saws, hammers, and nails. The roof is made out of thin sheets of tin, and they have screened-in windows with shutters that are made of clear plastic.
  • They use several solar panels hooked up to batteries to charge and power our household appliances such as laptops, outlets, washing machine, and lights. Their source of electricity comes completely from the sun.
  • They collect rainwater to fill up six water tanks, which are fed by gutters that run alongside the roof of the house. It rains almost daily so the rain that collects in the tanks is pumped inside their house, and they use this water to wash laundry, flush toilets, take showers, and wash dishes.
  • They communicate with the outside world via email through a satellite connection that runs off of the house battery bank.
  • They speak the tribal language fluently to everyone daily. When their family is alone together in the house, or while they are with other westerners, they speak English.
  • They have spent 13 years in Southeast Asia. It has been 4 years since the Wild family has been in the U.S, and they are currently home for an 11 month furlough.

TRIBAL MISSIONS
The Wild family moved to Southeast Asia in the fall of 2003 after four years of Bible and linguistic training. They spent a year in town learning to speak the trade language of the country. The province where they serve has more than 250 distinct language groups, most of them never having had any missionaries among them. They started working among the local tribe in 2006 and have lived and worked among them ever since.  The people are a remote animistic people who live spread out in small hamlets (villages) along very rugged mountains. With their tribal missions’ partners they began to study the tribal language. They were the first outsiders to do a detailed study of the language and culture.

After they gained fluency (2.5 years later) they developed a literacy program and taught the people to read and write their own language.  Then they began to translate the Bible into the language, along with creating chronological Bible lessons.  In the fall of 2010, they taught the people for the first time chronologically and foundationally through the Bible-from creation to the death burial and resurrection of Christ.  In 2010, after three 3 months of teaching, “The clear systematic teaching of God's Word took root in their hearts, and a church was born,” shares Mike.  Since then they have taught and discipled the locala through many other books of the New Testament.  The church has grown in maturity and taken over their roles as medical workers, literacy teachers and Bible teachers.  Mike continues to translate the New Testament and hopes to be finished in the next couple of years.

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