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Storm Slams Philippines

Storm 2013

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,

ChrisLynne


Romans for the Banwaon

Translation Check

Translation Check

We are praising the Lord!

Our co-workers sent an update stating the translation check for clarity and understanding is OVER!

We are so excited as the translation will soon be ready for printing and insertion into their Scripture portions. This is a huge breakthrough as it will finally put their New Testament portions over the 40% “completed and checked” mark! Romans was a real challenge for translation and we prayed to the Lord for a good work so our brothers and sisters there in the jungle will have access to Romans in their own language at long last.

This anticipated update came from our partners in the village, Albert and Lynne Castelijn. They explain some of the process:

Enormous privilege.  Enormous joy.

Imagine – soon verses like these will be included in the ever-growing Scripture books that the people have….

 

There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by him.

He makes people right with himself only by faith. 

(Romans 3:30)

and

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.

Death can’t, and life can’t.

The angels can’t, and the demons can’t.

Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow,

and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away . 

(Romans 8:38-39)

 

Truly, we are blessed.

 

However there is challenge involved too.

 

  It is a privilege, but it’s also tough going.

 

Long, long days as Albert reads a passage to two tribal helpers, then they think it through and say back what they understand it to mean.

  

In English, Albert tells JJ (the translation consultant) what they’ve said.  JJ carefully examines the passage to see if they’ve understood.

 

Discussion.  Re-reading.  “Did they get this point” – “Maybe this word needs to be clearer or changed” – “That’s great, they got it exactly!”

 

The days have been hot and humid.  The tribal helpers are not used to sitting such long hours doing intense focused mental work.  Their day normally consists of physical work such as preparing their farms for harvest rather than sitting on a chair for hours at a time concentrating hard.

 

One of the helpers hasn’t been feeling well.  Yesterday he couldn’t come at all.  Albert had to go up into the village to find someone else willing and able to assist.

 

The book of Romans, while beautiful and rich, is also complex and not easy to translate.

 

Will you please pray with us?

 

  • For Rumi, Yakisan and Amay Marbin – the tribal helpers.  For endurance.  Clarity of thought.  Insight.  And that they will be blessed as the rich truths of Romans strike deep within their spiritual consciousness and understanding.

 

  • For JJ – the translation checker/consultant.  Wisdom and perception to pick up what’s good and what needs changing or clarifying.  JJ is incredibly gracious.  Pray he’ll be blessed by this check too.

 

  • For Albert – the translator.  Pray for all of the above!  Endurance.  Clarity of thought.  Faithful relaying of what the helpers are saying.  It’s not simple constantly switching from English to Banwaon.  Pray for insight – what are the best words to most faithfully express the meaning of Romans?  Our desire is for an excellent translation that glorifies God.

Oh how we praise the Lord for this and we invite you to rejoice and praise along with all of us for you are also an important part of this work! Lynne wrote to say they are creating a Banwaon web site so we will be passing that along to you once it’s launched.

ChrisLynne


The Eyes of… February?

God’s timing didn’t allow for the great title, “The EYES of March” (get it? 🙂 so I took a bit of literary licence to fit the month. We’ve often thought about the amazing gift God gave our friends and brothers and sisters in the village and talked about it lots in these last weeks so I’m saving my eye a bit of over work and re-posting this one for our new readers and those who want to praise the Lord again for this special time in our village.

History being made!CATARACT SURGERY – JUNGLE STYLE  God has wonderfully restored the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ here! Hearing the praises to the Lord for all He has done for them has been heart warming and we join our praises to Him for the answer to all the prayers and preparation for this rare event in the middle of the jungle.

 

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THE HUMAN TEAM EFFORT (Tribal and Missionary)

  • prayer
  • months of planning and adjusting schedules
  • countless emails
  • funds and medicine
  • preparing and fueling generators
  • purchasing equipment and supplies
  • planning and scheduling meals
  • flying the team of administrator, doctors, and nurses
  • flying in all the medical equipment
  • preparing rooms for the medical team
  • transferring the dining room into an operating room
  • adjusting the beds to operating table height
  • draping off a ‘waiting room’ and ‘shower’ outside in a covered area
  • attaching netting and laying brand new tarp in the room to make it as bug free and clean as possible
  • scrubbing all surfaces with bleach
  • screening patients for surgery and clinical checkups
  • preparing and serving the meals for the whole medical team and missionary team
  • the pre and post operative care
  • the surgical procedures
  • flying the medical team and equipment all out again
  • returning the OR into a home

GOD’S GIFT
SIGHT!

It has been thrilling to hear how appreciative our friends are of this amazing and historical event. They have praised the Lord for His wonderful gift and allowing them to have restored sight. Their comments have drawn us into praise along with them and true rejoicing! God gave them spiritual sight and a relationship with Himself.  He has now restored physical sight and a visual relationship to their world again for so many. Again, we marvel that God allows us to be a small part in His work here among the Banwaon!

The day after surgery, a dear older man sat down beside me and with a twinkle in his eyes, said, “That dog there of yours sure has nice hair. Yesterday, I couldn’t even see the dog!”

One patient had congenital cataracts since birth and she described what she saw through clouds immediately after surgery. Then, on the third day, she gave a trembling smile as she could see for the first time in her young life. She is 15 years old and from another tribe living nearby (at least nearby in the jungle sense.) We all tried to imagine that moment when she opened her eyes and could see for the first time clearly. My guess is we won’t even come close until heaven!

Praise God for His alone is worthy!

A Christian news interview made about the surgery and can be found here:

http://www.mnnonline.org/article/10607


Precious Gifts from the Lord

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I woke up this morning to check email and found this friendly photo in my inbox. It did my heart good to see these smiling faces of the missionary ladies on Mindanao. They shared that during their prayer time they prayed for my upcoming surgery and for me. No photo, but our co-workers in our village shared that our brothers and sisters there are praying too!

How precious is the gift of friends – rather, family – brothers and sisters in the Lord. I thank the Lord for each of you.


Despidida Times Three

Malaybalay

Party is Pinoy!

Chris says, “Goodbyes are GOOD, because it’s always about people and that’s good.” No matter if make-up runs down the cheeks. No matter if the nose must be wiped with your shirt because there is no tissue. No matter that your face looks all screwed up with emotion.

So of course here, in the Philippines, goodbyes are a great reason for a party! That’s the despidida.

We have had a few. We cry at each. We hug. We laugh and eat. We fellowship. And Lord, please bless our dear neighbors with protected ears, because we sing. We sing of the Lord and how wonderful He is to bring us together as family. We’ve said “townie” good-byes in Manila, Butuan and Malaybalay.

Join the parties through these photos (had to borrow a few) of beautiful family God has joined by heart strings:

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