Hello from Voinjama! The rainy season has started here, and we’re happy for the cooler temperatures that come with the evening rains. The rain also waters our garden, giving us a good supply of fresh produce. Sara has made good use of this produce, and is now on a mission to cook a meal from each country of the world. She also has a tutor come three times a week to teach her the Manya language.
The kids are thriving here. Audrey turned four in April and Sara has started kindergarten with her. Noah, who is almost three, likes to sit in on the lessons, and is even sounding out short words. James is eight months old, and loves to play alongside the older kids.
John-Mark and his assistant Abu are making good progress on the Bible translation. While in the States last year, John-Mark composed a rough draft of Luke. Recently, they revised this draft, and then made further changes after checking it with another native speaker. John-Mark is now making a word-for-word back-translation into English for the consultant to review. In the meantime, they are also creating an audio recording of the book of Genesis. They plan to use this single-voice version for a final review of the text, and also a basis for a future multi-voice, dramatized program.
As we continue to meet new Manya believers, we are encouraged by their faith, while also being concerned for the difficult situations they are facing. One high school student came to know Jesus while in Monrovia, and now desires to live out her faith at home. But her father has forbidden her to attend church, and forces her to perform the ritual prayers.
While there is great pressure to remain in the Muslim community, many are curious to learn more about Jesus. Last month John-Mark and some pastors from a local church visited a nearby Manya village and asked the local leadership if we could show a film there. After we were warmly welcomed, we showed the God’s Story film to around 200 people. The chief welcomed us to return and show another film, but asked that we please give them advanced notice so more people could attend. We plan to return soon to show the Jesus film, with the goal of starting a Discovery Bible Study there.
We mentioned in our last letter our need for a new vehicle. We’re happy to report that one of our supporting churches provided the funds to purchase a 2013 Land Cruiser from some missionary friends who recently left Liberia! What a blessing to finally have a reliable vehicle! We greatly appreciate the prayers and generosity of all who continue to partner with us in this ministry.
Pray and Praise:
Praise for a reliable vehicle!
Praise for happy, thriving kids.
Pray for continued progress on the Genesis recording
Pray for the Manya believers who are not free to practice their faith
Pray for more open doors in showing gospel films