When we taught the “Creation to Christ Story” the first time here in 2008, he was a teenager. He went to school, wasn’t married yet and had no idea what God was going to do through him and in him in the coming years. Today Lukas is one of our most faithful bible teachers, one of my main translation helpers and a happily married husband with three daughters and a son. His heart is burning for His Lord and His Word.
A few weeks ago Lukas and I went to our Dinangat church plant in T. which is a 4 hour hike away. We went to be an encouragement to the church there and to strengthen them in their faith.
Then about a week ago Lukas, Felix (another bible teacher), Gary (my coworker) and I went to a tribe about 20 min. away with the helicopter to support a fellow NTM missionary. We visited a village and met with the village and their leaders to hear from them whether they would want missionaries to come to their place or not. Lukas and Felix played an important role in those meetings. Both of them explained very well what NTM is doing in Dinangat and answered all the questions those people had about that. Lukas also gave his own personal testimony of how God through his Word made him a new person and how happy he is that he could hear the story of God in his own language.
Besides helping me twice a week for 3 hours to translate the Bible, Lukas is also one of the believers here who teach God’s Word on Sundays. Because of a recent incident in the village Lukas warned the church body last Sunday to not let false teachings come into our village. For just a week ago a man came from town telling the people all sorts of false teaching. Lukas got all fired up and taught the church with different Bible passages and encouraged them to stand strong on the truth and to not let people like that confuse them and lead them to believe lies.
Thank you all for your support and your prayers. God uses it to enable and empower us to make disciples who then will also be able to make disciples and who then also make disciples….
“I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.“ Psalm 46:10