Visiting friends interior

In March we had the lovely opportunity to have Mark's parents visit us for the month. During their time here, we were able to fly into an interior village where our dear friends and co-workers live and work. 

It was Lauren's first time to visit a interior village in Papua, and it was such a great experience to see firsthand what our co-worker's are experiencing. We met some of their language helpers, saw their greenhouse gardens, heard about their homeschooling progress, heard about the 7.5 earthquake that rocked their house a few weeks prior, and overall enjoyed the fellowship with our dear friends! Leo was so excited to be reunited with one of his best friends, whom he has greatly missed since they moved interior back in January.

Weekly teachings in town

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Every Monday evening for the past 6 months, Mark and several of our co-workers, have been teaching through Firm Foundations to a small local congregation. The lessons teach through key Bible passages, chronologically from Creation to Christ, and progressively reveal truth about God and man and the gospel and grace that bridge the gap of sin. This small group of people are from the Ketengban tribe in central Papua, and have moved to town to look for employment and education. We are encouraged to hear their excitement at understanding truth. A few weeks ago, after teaching on a lesson in the Old Testament, one women shared, "God told the Jews to make sacrifices. What do we do for our sins? Should we be sacrificing, too?" Please continue to pray for these Ketengban men and women, that they will soon come to clearly understand who Christ is and what He did for them.

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