Christmas was a busy time in our village, as the Hobongan-speaking believers from two villages (this one and one upriver) got together for 3 days of food, fellowship, and teaching from God’s Word. The church leadership from both villages took turns teaching on the theme “Why did Jesus have to come to earth?” Since there’s no Bible in Hobongan yet, they use the national language translation and then explain in Hobongan what the verses mean. We all look forward to the day when they have Scriptures in their own language that all of them can read and understand.
Rachel is still busy working on translation. She’s in the beginning stages of translating Scripture now, starting with the story of Joseph in Genesis. This week one of the church elders and his wife have been coming over every morning to work with her on that.
DJ and I are planning a trip down river to the nearest town January 13-16. Rachel has graciously offered to keep Areli and Galilee for us during that time. While we’re down river, we’ll be attending some fellowship meetings between the area tribal churches, meeting a boat from the coast that has supplies for us, and getting an ultrasound to determine how many babies we’re having this time! As far as we know it’s just one, but after last time we just want to be sure.
After we get back, we’ll just have a couple of weeks to pack up and get ready to leave for our home assignment in the USA. We appreciate all of your prayers for our travels. I (Jennifer) am still feeling pretty sick, although I was thinking I’d be feeling better by now. I would love to feel better by the time we have to do all our traveling, so I’d appreciate your prayers for that too.