Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Greetings from our jungle village. It’s hard to believe that our time here is rapidly coming to a close! Our hearts are filled with gratitude for each of you who partner with us so we can do what we do. In our last update, we asked for prayer for Lance’s leg. He was experiencing some numbness. Praise God the numbness is gone!
Whoever said that missionary work is 90 percent physical knew what they were talking about. Little did we know when we arrived in February what this year’s visit would look like. It was a shock to come home to a house that wasn’t livable! And yet as I type this, we praise the Lord that He has allowed us to get most of the repairs done. We’ve generally had men available to work and lumber to work with. If you’re on Facebook, you can click here to see pictures of our house repair.
Even without the house repairs, I knew that I wasn’t going to finish Ezekiel. It’s 48 chapters with a lot of hard-to-translate concepts. We were however able to finish the rough draft and initial checking of chapters 1 through 30.
12 Graduates – 40 baptized
We were very encouraged earlier this month by news from the Higaunon leadership seminar that took place in one of the outreach villages. More than 150 attended including wives.
The Higaunon church has developed a successful two-year discipleship program. During the seminar, they honored 12 graduates from the program. The main pastor here shared with us recently that the main problem isn’t finding places to work; it’s finding people to do the work. These graduates will be working in an area where several villages have asked for someone to come and teach them God’s Word! Praise the Lord for this provision, and please pray that more will soon be available to go to other areas with the gospel. Even as I work on this update, one of the Bible teachers messaged asking for prayer because there are many villages without any gospel witness.
Praise the Lord – 40 from that outreach were baptized during the seminar.
The next few weeks…
Our departure date from the village is May 25. We will be celebrating Laura’s birthday, and I will be seeing the dentist. On June 3, we head to Manila and arrive around the same time as our coworkers, Ron and Michelle Jennings, who are returning from their home assignment. We look forward to catching up with them.
Our organizational meetings are June 6-10 outside Manila. There will be 170 in attendance. And finally, we leave for the U.S. late on June 13.
Thank you for praying for us.
Secure in Christ’s love alone,
Lance and Laura
Pray Specifically: Please pray for the health of one of our friends in a different village. Muyiku is not doing well. He was recently in the hospital where he underwent surgery. He now wears an ostomy bag. We don’t have all the details, but we know he has some sort of cancer.