Well, it isn't something I experience everyday.
Some in our County may, since we do have sheep
farms nearby. However, the style of farming here
varies greatly from how it is done in Peru.
Up in the mountains of Peru many people go out
into the fields every day to work. Vegetable farming
is huge there.
When they go they take their sheep or
cows with them. The animals graze while the people
work....at the end of the day they return to their homes
bringing their flocks with them.
One day Mom happened to observe two young
shepherds passing each other on the street.
I don't know if they had taken time to visit or if
the sheep had just mingled in passing but both flocks
were totally intermingled.
Mom thought uh-oh!
|See the boy and girl? Each one had a flock....|
She was just sure that
they would have a hard time separating these flocks.
However, when it was time to move on each
shepherd simply spoke to the sheep and they
knew their shepherd's voice. There was no use of
a stick or any other physical item.
Simply the voice
of each shepherd
calling out their sheep.
A smooth transition
was made and everyone moved on.
|The girl and her mother.|
|The boy and his sheep.|
Don't you just love the photo example of some of
this wonderful scripture?
From John 10
"The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."
"When he has brought out all his own,
he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him
because they know his voice."
“I am the good shepherd;
I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—
and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.
I must bring them also.
They too will listen to my voice,
and there shall be one flock
and one shepherd."
Because shepherding is such a common
way of life in these villages
the Mission Team used a story
about a wayward sheep.
The children could relate and
They know how sheep are.
In a way that our children here