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The village of Pongo is a tiny community of approximately 25-30 people, and is the second village that Simon's Team encounters along the trail, and is where each of the members of his team discover their individual spiritual gifts, save only for Alex and Birash. Upon arriving they are greeted by the wife of Jacob and treated to dinner and a place to stay for the night. During this time they are introduced to the language of Bonisi, as well as a curious old man named Father Mathews who brings them a message from God just prior to his death. The village consists of a handful of simple houses and a fair amount of farmland. They sustain themselves through their farming, and a limited amount of trading they do with other locals, and any racers who happen to pass by their village.