We have a good internet connection today, after several weeks of very weak signal, so I thought I would take the opportunity to send out a quick update on what’s been happening over the past few weeks. We have had long, hot, busy days, but we are so thankful that the cool nights have stretched well into February.
We have been engaged in a variety of activities, all related to strengthening the believers and bringing the gospel to those who need the Lord Jesus.
Marina continues to teach literacy classes, which usually start around 6.30 each morning, and go on throughout the day. Progress has been very encouraging, with quite a number of students completing important stages in the programme, and some who will soon finish the whole course.
The Loron translation team was recently given approval by a translation consultant to print the book of 1st Corinthians. They are excited about that. They have now begun working on 2nd Corinthians and Galatians. Donald, the main Loron Bible translator, is currently in Burkina Faso taking a computer course to help him work on Paratext, a very useful Bible translation programme.
Evangelism is taking place in three local villages, and believers are meeting every week in over twenty locations for worship, fellowship, prayer and Bible teaching. We thank the Lord for the outreach and witness of the Loron churches to their own community and also to other people groups in the area.
I have had numerous opportunities to teach in different villages. Yesterday I spoke in a village a few miles away to a gathering of Loron church leaders, and then this morning I spoke to around ninety believers at our local church. It’s always encouraging to see the interest and enthusiasm among the Christians for Bible teaching.
With so much going on at the minute in the village, especially the cashew nut harvest, we have had to postpone the workshop on the book of Romans. But that has given us the opportunity to spend more time on developing the course content, so when the workshop eventually does take place, we should have more materials ready, and be better prepared.
Please continue to pray for us and the Loron people. In particular, please be praying for health and safety as we work in an isolated area with limited medical resources. Also, regional events are having an impact on local security, so we need you prayers.
We are so thankful for all the Loron co-workers that the Lord has given to work with us as partners in the task of literacy, translation, evangelism, Bible teaching and church development. We want to thank you for your prayers and support. We really do appreciate everything that you do to help with the ministry among the Loron people.