Yesterday, we traveled three hours back to the village, unpacked, and prepared for another week of school and work. This morning, as Stephen was outside, he noticed that something wasn’t quite right with the outside door. Upon closer examination, he noticed that a board was out of place. Our doors have large spaces at the bottom through which snakes and other unwanted critters could easily enter our house. For this reason, Stephen has blocked this large crack by gluing down a piece of wood on the outside of the door. Upon examining this board, Stephen wondered: “Did someone try to break into our house while we were away?” Then in amazement, he realized the board was knocked out of place by Ginger’s fall and impact upon the door. The door Ginger impacted only opens by swinging into the house and is very well secured by two dead bolt locks. However, Ginger’s impact caused this door to be pushed outward, causing this particular board to be thrusted out of place even though it had been very well glued down. In amazement of this new piece of evidence, we once again praise God that Ginger’s injuries weren’t more severe.
In our absence from the village, we hear that the Sunday worship last Sunday went well. One believer didn’t know that Stephen had asked another man to prepare something and to teach in our absence. The believer who didn’t know this had also prepared his own message to share. This believer stopped by today and shared this with Stephen. During his visit he said to Stephen, “We need to be ready.” In these few words, he summarized our ministry here among the Agutaynen believers: To equip and to make ready. Ready for what? Ready to lead their own. Ready to defend their faith in Christ alone. Ready to let the missionary go.
A door stopped Ginger’s fall, but nothing can stop the spread of the Good News.
Thank you again for your prayers for Ginger’s recovery and for the growth of the Agutaynen believers.