Greetings from Alabama! We’re happy this year to be able to spend the holidays with family….kids, grandkids and great grandkids! Not all at once unfortunately but we look forward to happy times together! Also Bob and I have the privilege of singing with our church choir for their Christmas program – something we have not had the opportunity to do over the years of travel and work overseas. We look forward to that – but in all the busyness and preparations of the season, we are reminded that the REASON Jesus came as a Babe in a Manger was not for us to “ooh and aah” over the sweetness of a tiny baby or to give each other gifts for HIS birthday, but we celebrate that Babe who left the glories of Heaven to redeem those who would put their trust in His work on their behalf. A REASON to CELEBRATE for sure!
The Kalanguya Bible is at the printer! The mock-up copy has been reviewed, minor corrections made…….and now we’re waiting!……….hoping that by March it will be off the press and we will be able to return to the Philippines to join with the Kalanguya believers in celebration and dedication of the Bible in their language!
The JESUS film (Luke’s Gospel) has been dubbed into many languages with limited effectiveness among people who don’t even know who God is. Lacking that foundation of truth, they cannot really understand the signifigance of Christ’s ministry on earth and death on the Cross. However, the new version of this film now includes an account of God’s creation, man’s disobedience and alienation from the Creator God and God’s plan foretold to Abraham and the prophets of the Qne Whom God would send to provide salvation and redemption to all who exercise faith in the finished work of Christ on their behalf. This new version of the Jesus Film has just recently been dubbed into the Kalanguya language and has been an effective tool in establishing outreach ministries in new areas. It’s exciting and thrilling to us to see “Jesus” on the screen speaking the Kalanguya language!
An ORAL New Testament! Working together with Faith Comes By Hearing (a mission group) in January and February 2020, our Kalanguya folks will be reading and recording the Kalanguya New Testament. FCBH provides the equipment and technological know-how necessary for this project – we provide the readers, lodging and meals for those working on the project! The Kalanguya churches have already discussed how they can help financially and in kind (food, cooks, good effective readers). This is a project they will do on their own………we are thrilled to see their initiative, their interest, and their dedication to do whatever it takes to make the Scriptures available to as many Kalanguya people as possible!
Printing Project Financing: PRAISE GOD for the response we have had for financing the printing of the Kalanguya Bible!! He has gloriously supplied through His faithful people and we thank you for your part! According to our Project Website, we have raised $111,840! Still needed is $40,060. Gifts to the Printing Project not only provide what is needed to have the entire Bible printed for the first time in the Kalanguya language, but also provides for the much needed reprinting of the Kalanguya Hymnal, Commentaries and teaching helps that are being edited to conform to the newest edition of the Scriptures.
Thank you so much for your prayers for the Kalanguya Ministry and for us. These days we continue to be a resource for the Kalanguya folks via the wonderful mediums of email, Messenger, Facebook, and video conferencing! They have access to us and we to them while we are here in the US! We will return to the Philippines for the Dedication of the Kalanguya Bible, possibly in March. We are so thankful that God continues to give us the strength and ability to keep going. We are eternally grateful for the work GOD has done in the hearts and minds of the Kalanguya people! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE!
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