We have initial reports from the village and the people are joining us in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for the answers to all the prayers. Our partner was there working on the revisions to the Bible and was able to share news of the storm. Preparations for the worst occupied the people but their trust was on the One who controls the storm.
God answered by mercifully slowing much of the winds and rain in our villages area. News has filtered in about devastation and death from that same storm in other areas and we continue to pray and look to the Lord as real help to the worst hit is coming from His people there. Our missionary families and friends tell us they sheltered through the storm and are all OK.
Our hearts rejoice that so many we know and love were spared while at the same time we are heartbroken for those who are struggling with the aftermath of the storm and loss of family.
Please continue to pray as rebuilding will slowly begin in the areas hardest hit. Pray for the families experiencing grief. Pray please for the people bracing for the usual landslides and other earth shifting that follows these giant storms.
We’ve shared that so many of you wrote expressing your concern and continued prayers. We’ve been able to pass these along to our families there. Albert shared he was able to continue working on the translation with little disruption.
We are so thankful for God’s continuing mercy and work there. We praise Him for the great relief efforts carried out in the areas hardest hit by His people there. We pray for His comfort to envelope them and bring them peace amid the pain. We thank Him for each of you who continually prayed.
More as news comes to us,
Gold Fever has hit our beautiful jungle home. During our visit we missed so many faces and when we asked about them, almost every answer was the same. “Mining.” It seems someone has persuaded them to pan for gold and they would purchase it from them. The fear is that they do not receive the true price for all that difficult, dangerous work as they have no means of learning the true value of the market.
Already we know of accidents because of landslides around the mining areas. One young man had to have three surgeries for his mangled legs after such a landslide where he was mining during the season of heavy rainfall. We learned whole patches of farming land stripped away and upturned with water from high powered pressure hoses. It’s a matter of time when their efforts will cost a life. Tragic.
But these concerns are not the most tragic. Our enemy is very clever and full of lies. Families were split apart because of the gold quest. Ancient rain forest is changed forever. It gets worse. The meeting house was half empty. Youth are drawn away from the weekly Bible lessons. Focus has shifted from what God is doing in their minds and hearts to what can gold do for me? It’s the classic, “Forsaking the best for the least.”
Most tragic is the bright and shiny is blinding them from the truly precious treasure of knowing Christ. We are reminded of verses found in Job 22: 23-25 and the entire chapter of Job 28. We are praying this Word for them. Please join us in this ministry of prayer.
We also learned our dear friend, Amay Ubinu is gone from our village. No, not mining. He is home. His treasure and mansion is lasting forever.
Home with the Lord
All the troubles of this worldly life completely incomparable to the eternal life he is already enjoying. He never has to drag trees from the jungle for his firewood! Amay Ubinu can rest. We miss him here. We are full of joy knowing we will see him again. We praise the Lord he learned the truth found in Philippians 3:7-8.
Please pray that wisdom will be sought from God’s Word over the false promises of the gold merchants. Pray for the Banwaon church leaders’ to teach boldly and that hearers will take the truth deep into their understanding and return to the Lord. Pray for those struggling even today with the temptation of this world’s riches trying to decide what is best over what is less.