DJ and Tyndale left on July 3 to begin their travels to Asia Pacific. They along with DJ’s dad had a long but smooth international trip and made it all the way back to the village where we used to live when we were serving with the Hobongan people. They also spent a few days in a different Hobongan village. DJ has taken apart the battery and solar power system in his sister Rachel’s house and packed up any parts that are still usable for her. She plans to move out of her house in the village since she will be finishing the New Testament translation and will be more itinerant in the village soon. Tyndale has been able to do some fishing, which I’m sure he’s really enjoying.
DJ’s ability to send messages from their remote location has been hit and miss, but it sounds like their trip is going well. Thank you so much for praying for them, and please continue to pray for their safety and also for the emotions of saying goodbyes to people whom DJ has known and shared life with for a good portion of his life. DJ and Tyndale should get home on August 9, and Tyndale will start his sophomore year of high school on August 15. Pray he’ll be able to rest up quickly so he’s not too tired when he starts back to school.
Areli finished her first two college classes (online) and started a third online class. She’ll move down to the college campus and start in-person classes at the end of August. She was recently able to fly to Florida and spend a few days with a close friend from when she was going to school in Asia Pacific. They had a wonderful time reconnecting. Galilee has been staying busy taking care of plants & animals for one of our neighbors off & on this summer, as well as helping to keep things cared for here at home through the summer heat. She did well on her Social Studies GED test and only has one more to go—the English one which is scheduled for mid-August. Galilee’s second round of Botox treatments have provided a bit more relief, though not as dramatic a change as we had hoped for. The next ones are scheduled for September.
Jennifer has been getting evaluation assignments prepared for one of the teams learning a remote language in Asia Pacific, and will be overseeing those evaluations from afar in September, Lord willing. Those being evaluated will be one person in Stage 4 of her learning, two people in Stage 3, and one person in Stage 2. So there are a lot of tasks to prepare for varying proficiency levels. Jennifer has also been working on some edits to the Culture & Language Acquisition Activities book as the team gives input.
Thanks so much for your prayers.