For as ugly as Pal can be during much of the year (wind, rain, fog, mud) it can be just as beautiful this time of year. We are entering the dry season and enjoying the sunshine. Three straight gorgeous days have dried up the chopper pad and the trails around our area. It sure is nice to simply slip on flip-flops to take the 5 minute walk to church on Wednesdays and Sundays. And after outside play time each day, we can still determine our kids skin color as they are not caked in mud. As the blue skies have brought us joy so has the growth we’ve seen in these young believers brought us much joy. Many young believers are understanding more fully and deeply the work of Christ on the cross and that salvation is by grace through faith alone. They have been taught their whole lives that there are things, actions, works they must do to appease spiritual beings, and the old beliefs do not die easily. Satan does not wish to relinquish his hold on the people here, but our God is stronger and his light is pouring forth and saving many from the darkness. We are in the midst of translating the book of Romans and it has been both a joy and a challenge. Seeing our translation helpers understand and take to heart the personal theology that the Apostle Paul lays out through the book of Romans has filled our hearts and lives with joy. The challenge is translating and communicating clearly all of Paul’s arguments in the Pal language. I find parts of Romans difficult to understand in English and so it takes much studying and prayerful work to translate this book into the Pal language. Please be praying with us as we continue forward in translation. We will be coming home this December for furlough and it is our desire to see this book finished before then.