It’s been quite a while since we’ve written a formal letter, but hopefully most of you have caught highlights and updates via our facebook page! As you know, we have officially moved out to our mission center in Goroka, and are using our house here as a platform for all the ministries we are engaged in while allowing our kids to live close to Numonohi Christian Academy.
In the summer Jeremiah was able to fly into Iski, a location where the Gospel was just recently presented and many more names added to the Kingdom! Another missionary couple has joined this team to help shoulder the load of teaching, discipleship and translation, and we are privileged to be a part of helping this couple gain proficiency in the language through consultant work. They are making good progress, but would you please pray for Seth and Rochelle Callanan? Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage them in this language learning phase of their ministry, it’s no easy task!
For us, the summer was spent working on translation while the kids worked on their own fundraising projects as well as helping with construction needs on the center. Now they are entering their fourth week of school: Jordan is a Senior! Judah is a Sophomore, and Alayna is in fifth grade. In the first week they held volleyball tryouts for the high school boys, a sport that Jordan and Judah have really enjoyed lately. They both earned a spot on the team, and we will all head out this Saturday for the first tournament of the year. SO thankful to be able to support our kids and their teams in person this year!
In August, Jeremiah, with our coworkers Ralf and Gary headed into Dinangat for almost two weeks of translation checking with our helpers. It was also a great time to touch base with the church and see how they are doing. Jeremiah processed 727 verses with his translation helpers, Jaspa, Emma and Bunex! Praise the Lord with us that the translation of His Word into this difficult language is progressing! In September, Ralf will meet with a consultant from the States to do the FINAL checks on Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon! Please PRAY for Ralf as he makes the final preparations for this check, and that it would go smoothly with the consultant and the 4 Dinangat helpers that will also fly out of the tribe for this.
* Pray for the Dinangat church! They are struggling with their identity in Christ and the pressures to conform back to ‘religious routines’ versus focusing on their relationship with Him!
* Praise the Lord for the progress in translation and ask Him to continue to strengthen and give wisdom as we seek to be faithful to His Word.
* Please pray that as a family, we would each walk with Him and seek Him first daily for our contentment and joy, it’s so easy to focus on circumstances and feel overwhelmed.