Since we first taught from Creation to Christ, way back in 2020, we have enjoyed the wonderful journey of new birth, growth and delight in Jesus Christ that has become the reality for some of our dear friends here in Amdu. It has always weighed heavy on our hearts, however, that more of our friends didn’t come to listen to the life changing story. And so we have been looking and praying for another opportunity to teach, from Creation to Christ, those who didn’t hear the first time.
We are so happy to report that it looks like the opportunity we have been praying for has arrived. The reason we came to Amdu was because despite the fact that ‘church’ buildings had long since been built here, what was happening week in and week out was lifeless. It was evident that the Gospel message had never been planted in this soil before. Well, in the past few weeks we have seen the “Sunday Group,” as we call them, become more tender towards the message we have brought. Especially as some significant members of their group are now believers and regularly share the joy and confidence they have in Christ with them.
Recently, because of the testimony of our believers, the Sunday Group approached Benjamin and asked if he would participate in their Easter service this year. We agreed and asked if Benjamin could be allowed to teach on every Sunday between now and April 17th so that the Easter message could really be understood. To our delight the Sunday Group agreed. We can’t tell you how excited we are for this opportunity to teach from Creation to Christ again in Amdu.
Here’s how you can be praying
Our ability to communicate in the Amdu language has increased greatly since the day we began to teach from Creation to Christ almost two years ago. Continue to pray for our communication, however, so that the heart of the message can truly hit the mark deep in Amdu hearts!
We are going to be teaching in the morning and then again in the evening every Sunday. Pray with us that the people who come out of habit on Sunday morning and then typically skip the evening service, will go against their habit and come and listen to all the teaching. We are so glad that the Amdu believers are in this with us. Pray that they will take their responsibility seriously and do their best to pull their relatives to the every service so they can hear the whole story.
Pray with us that this experience will really catapult the believers forward in their walks with God. As they help us teach, we pray that this will make them careful, enthusiastic Amdu evangelists. Pray also that God might use this to bond the believers together as a unique body depending on God’s Spirit in them. And most of all, pray with us that many more of our Amdu friends hear the story, catch the meaning, and believe.
Gianna’s new home away from Home
In our last update we mentioned that in January we were taking Gianna to our main mission center to get her settled to live there and attend the school for missionary kids. The picture above is in front of her new home away from Home.
She has been having a very good time, surrounded by lots of friends her age, with tons of activities to participate in that just aren’t possible when you live in Amdu. She’s experiencing organized sports for the first time along with a pretty intense academic schedule. So pray for her as she makes lots of adjustments. Judging from these pictures, though, she seems to be flourishing.
A great family environment
One thing we are especially glad for is the family environment that Gianna gets to live in. She has been taken in by Greg and Hannah Lilley. They have also taken in three other MK’s which makes four in all, including their son Lance. We couldn’t ask for a better place for Gianna to be living.
We’ll see Gianna and Judah again in March and then after Gianna graduates in May we’ll be coming to America for our home assignment. Thank you for praying for us as we focus our hearts here in Amdu on the amazing privilege of making disciples of Jesus Christ; a task we could not continue to do without people like the Lilley’s and the many families like yourselves, and churches who support us so faithfully.
Benjamin and Missy