When the Isnag farmers have cut all the brush on their fields, they need to burn it before they can start planting. A good burn will mean less clean-up work and less weeding later on. The question is: When is the optimum time to burn? They count the days since the last rain, consider the wind and make a decision. If they postpone, it may rain and they will have to wait another week. If they burn and it wasn’t quite dry enough, they will have a much harder time getting a good harvest.
This week we have seen a few fields burning. We have also enjoyed having Cole, Hannah, and Cameron visiting us. They are on a break from Tagalog language and culture study and are looking forward to serving in a village someday.
While visiting us, the Hinderagers have hiked through rice fields, enjoyed the river, and visited a baby that was born this week.
This past week I finished processing the taped version of the Genesis portions and will now begin the comprehension testing phase. I am hoping to start some new translation from the book of Exodus this week.
The helicopter in Mindanao is completely assembled and ready to fly. It just needs several pieces of paperwork before it can be put into service. Please pray that these permissions will be granted in good time.
Our freezer broke a few years back. Last year, Westwood Baptist gave us a small portable freezer that runs off of LPG. Due to shipping problems, it got stranded in the USA for a while, but has finally made it all the way out to our village in the mountains and it even works! We are thankful.
Thank you for your prayers!
Jonathan & Heidi