Anyone who is in Christ is a NEW CREATION! 2 COR 5:17
Dear PRAYing friends and family,
This week it has been raining in Sheridan. I much prefer rain to snow and ice. The rain reminds me of spring coming and NEW LIFE being given. Thanks for your partnership in prayer this past month. Our work together in the Lord’s field is precious and close to our hearts. It’s a special blessing to serve Him together.
Doug and Nancy left this week heading back to a full schedule in Asia-Pacific. Please pray for their travel this week and next. Also, Greg’s team is gearing up to receive new families and singles just arriving in Asia-Pacific. We are excited to see the Lord raising up laborers to help in the harvest field. Pray for these new families as they leave families behind and adjust to a new life, learning a new language and culture.
The Dondok family (son Kendrick, pictured right just turned 1 this week) appreciated your prayers this month as they finished up their practical training time in the Tugutil tribe. (They are a tribal family from one of our Global Partners churches going through training to be missionaries.) Enna, the wife is from a village very close to the village where we lived for many years, and I help disciple and encourage her. They are now back at the missionary training campus to finish up their semester and graduate. They will stay on at the training center for a year of internship to help better prepare them for a field of service in the future. Here is a testimony from Enna during their practice training time in the Tugutil tribe this month:
“The ladies had opportunity to praise the Lord through song in the worship service. When we went forward for this, a young man who has been crippled all his life came to the front of the church with us, scooting himself forward and dragging his feet behind him. He was so full of joy to be able to praise the Lord, it brought me to tears. Even though he cannot speak very clearly and is crippled, he was the most enthusiastic one among us. My heart was challenged because unlike him, I was born normal but often don’t praise the Lord when I should.”
This month we were able to get more materials printed and sent to the Taman and Embaloh churches. The Chronological lessons (left) is for the Taman church teaching team. We also sent the rest of the Hebrews lessons (7-14) to the Embaloh church teachers for checking. The rest of our printing (right) was 4 new Embaloh literacy books for checking (white) and 2 (yellow and blue) that are finished and will be passed around for reading. The titles of the 2 that are finished are Akan’s Sin and The Sun Stands Still. The 4 that were sent in to be checked are medical books. Flies Are Our Enemy, Peter Gets Malaria and a couple of other titles as well.
You may wonder what the reason is for the literacy push in the Embaloh tribe. Why are we producing all this reading material? The countdown to reprinting their Bible is getting very close. The believers are building fluency in reading their language so that when the Bible arrives, they will be able and ready to really dig into (and understand) God’s message for them.
Praise & Prayer Requests:
- Praise for newly printed materials getting out to the churches for use.
- Pray for growth in the Embaloh and Taman Churches as a result of getting new lessons and literacy material.
- Pray for the proof-reading/typesetting process of the Embaloh Bible.
- Pray for Enna and Rommy Dondok as they finish up this semester of missionary training.
- Pray for Doug and Nancy’s trip back to Asia-Pacific this week.
- Pray for new families arriving to serve in Asia-Pacific this week and for Greg’s team as they welcome them and get them settled in language study.
- Praise that we were able to take part remotely by internet in some of the West Kalimantan field fellowship. It was a blessing and encouragement to us.
As we look forward to celebrating Easter this year, we pray that all of us will continue to “walk in NEWNESS of life” as Paul describes our new life in Christ in Romans 6:4.
Thank you for faithfully upholding us in prayer,
Darcy, Ron, and Nita Berglund
Below are our phone numbers. We would love to hear from you!
Darcy 307-461-2733 Ron: 307-461-0627 Nita: 307-431-2339
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Sheridan, WY 82801
312 W First St
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