“Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” Ps.127:1
Thank you for all the prayers on our behalf as we traveled home to the ITU village and worked to finish Promise’s house. The team from Promise’s home church were amazing and stepped right in without missing a beat. They worked hard, tried all the local cuisine, encouraged us as a team and connected with our village church – especially the young men there – in an impactful way. We are so thankful for the Body of Christ…and for Promise’s new home next to ours. It’s nice to have her down near the church, the school, and the homes of some of our village church leadership. We are thankful for Bill Michaud here on the field who came in to begin the project a couple of months ago and for the team who finished it up this week. This is all a huge blessing! Thank you FBC!
Please be in prayer for the Tanguat outreach and strategy. The gospel was presented over there several years ago, but through many circumstances the discipleship process stalled shortly thereafter. As a result, the Tanguat church hasn’t distinguished itself yet from the community and is immature, which allows immediate felt needs and strong (sometimes unbelieving) voices who are attending the church to drive their desires. The believers in G village long to be working together as a Body of Christ, but until the church and community are distinguished and some maturity takes place, it will be slow going. The believers came over and had a chance to talk with us and share their concerns some through tears. Bill was able to refer to Promise’s documented history of the G village’s pattern of inability over the last couple of years to follow directions and submit to literacy routines, church discipline, and the Bible teachers at times and how that has resulted in a failed literacy program, a struggling church, and a community that is constantly battling heavies among themselves. We also admitted some of the fault that lies with us as the missionary team for the discipleship ending prematurely and laying an extra burden on the ITU elders and teachers. The believers acknowledged all of this and asked for help once again.
While we were home on furlough, Promise invited two new families to join her in finishing the Tanguat work. We are so thankful for the Chens and Swenson families who will be joining Promise to engage the G village church in a deeper way and lead them on to maturity. Please pray for Promise, the Chen and the Swenson families as they work to encourage, exhort, and disciple even now as they work on allocating. Please continue to pray for the Tanguat believers. They are precious to us…men and women who are enduring hardship and verbal/physical persecution for the sake of bringing the Word of God in its fullness into their language group. So, we wait and give a little time and ask the Lord to be gracious to those who need exactly what the Chen and Swenson families intend to bring to this church.
The new missionaries were supposed to come in the day we flew out, but the team decided with the church that since their equipment for their saw mill hadn’t arrived yet, it would be best to postpone and allow some time for the G village to soak in the fact that they are not running the timeline and decisions for this and that they would have to accept help from the larger Body if they want new missionaries to come and finish the task.
By God’s Grace & For His Glory~
Bill and Kelley