Our co-worker Lori Morley passed her final language fluency check recently. She will now be able to be a part of the translation process. She is already helping out by doing comprehension testing of the book of Mark. She will continue working with literacy as well. She is also working on some more books so the people can get more reading practice after they finish the literacy classes.
We continue reviewing OT Bible lessons and teaching the applications to us believers. Yesterday in our service we taught about how the Israelites were pinned up against the Red Sea with no way of escape from the Egyptians. That is just how we were before God saved us from our sin. We were trapped with no way to escape the punishment of sin and unable to help ourselves. But God opened the Red Sea and made a way of escape for the Israelites. In the same way God sent His only Son to this earth to make a way to escape the punishment of sin. By taking upon himself the penalty of our sin He made a way of escape for us and a way to be reconciled to God. Then later when the Israelites were hungry in the wilderness God provided manna for them. Not because they earned it from their good deeds. In fact they were grumbling when God, by His grace alone, provided food to save them from death. Then we looked at what Jesus said in John 6 where He declares that He Himself is the Bread of Life. Whoever believes in Jesus will be saved from spiritual starvation and death. He said, “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven, If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” Like the manna from heaven sustained the Israelites, in the same way, trust in the sacrifice of Jesus will sustain us for eternity.
This is the way we have been reviewing the OT Bible lessons and the people are really eating it up. Their trust in the Gospel of Grace is being strengthened and confirmed with each new lesson. We sense a hunger as people are wanting printed copies of the lessons so they can read them over and over. And some new folks have been coming. It seems like there is someone new coming each week. We are encouraged by a slow steady growth in the believers. We can see God at work building His Church.
In His Love,
David and Shari Ogg
(Esther, Simon, Rachel and Jason)
Praise and Prayer:
- PRAISE for Lori passing her final language check.
- PRAISE for the growth and hunger of the believers.
- PRAY for continued growth in the believers and for them to be a clear testimony to the unbelievers.
- PRAY for the checking of the book of Mark to go well so we will be able to distribute it before we leave on home assignment.