New believers baptized in “Kul”!!!
Yanis and Ken have done a fantastic job with the church planting effort for the people of the “Kul” village. The Lord has blessed their efforts tremendously over these last 12 months with village wide interest. Attendance for the daily Bible teaching sessions have held steady the entire time at almost 100% from young and old alike (approx. 45 people). Many are now professing Christ and recently ten of these people took a bold step forward, demonstrating their faith publicly through baptism!
The testimonies of faith that we heard prior to the baptism were rich and deep. Alimpu, the village elder said with deep conviction, “Satan had me all tied up, trapped on the trail of sin. Now that I have heard God’s story from the Bible, I understand that God had a right to be angry with me and pronounce a severe judgment/payment for my sin. I realized that I was helpless to pay for my own sin debt. I heard the story of John the Baptist, and how when he saw Jesus coming he said, ‘Look, that’s God’s Lamb that takes away sin’, and when I heard that I realized Jesus had come to the ground to take away my sin debt. When I heard later that Jesus died and rose again, I realized that He died for me, so that I could be clean in Gods eyes, and so that I could be His very own child. Now God isn’t mad at me for my sin debt, but instead has made me His own child. He rescued me from Satan’s trail and has now put me on the trail of Jesus. That’s why I want to be baptized. I want everyone to know that I am tired of the old trail. I am now on the trail of Jesus.”
There were many other testimonies that warmed my heart like never before. Fato said, “Once a long time ago, some men came to our village and told us to build a church. We worked hard to make the building, and then when it was finished, the men told us to kill our pigs so they could eat them, and they told us to give them our money. We did everything they told us to do, because we thought it would make God happy with us. They later explained God’s ten laws to us and told us to obey them. Then, after we heard God’s ten laws, they told us to get baptized so we did. We thought we had done everything right. But now we see that the trail that they had us following was just as bad as the trail we had been on earlier when we were trying to please our ancestral spirits. Now that you have come to live with us however, we have been able to hear God’s words in our own language, and we have been able to read His book with our own eyes. Now we can see the true trail from start to finish, and we have come to understand clearly that Jesus has made it possible for us to be God’s children. Thank you for showing us the trail of Jesus.”
Praise and Prayer
Praise; Keith Copley was able to teach Romans 1-3 for the first time in Hewa and the response was terrific! It was so cool to see the believers get excited over Romans.
Praise; Jonathan has made steady progress in translation and now initial drafts of both Ephesians and I Timothy are finished
Praise; Jonathan was able to make steady progress working on the house in Kul- indoor plumbing and electrical are mostly finished!
Prayer; The Hewa believers need real wisdom as they make plans for an outreach. Pray for wisdom for best timing.
Thank you so much for your continual love and prayers and sponsorship that have made it possible for us to reach out with the love of Jesus to our Hewa friends. These new testimonies of faith are a direct result of your faithfulness in prayer, thank you so much!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!