We had a precious Skype phone call with Deborah on Sunday afternoon/evening while two of my dear friends were with us for an overnight visit. (Yes, I may have had a hard time staying awake since D-Now had just finished–sorry, Deborah!) She is doing well and was then getting ready for her three week trip to Wewak (started earlier this week), where she will help with a course that teaches people to do oral Bible story telling. The goal is for these trainees to go back into unreached people groups and share the Word of God orally in a way that the people will understand. Please pray for all involved and for Deborah as she helps and spends some time observing and learning how to lead events like this. As we come closer to having the Bible in every language on earth, this kind of storytelling will be more and more prominent, especially among people groups who are predominantly oral learners.
Deborah is still working hard to learn Tok Pisin, too. Here is a snippet of her reciting John 1:1.
When we spoke, Deborah had just finished a week of work leading a VBS with other missionaries. Christopher and Darlene Clark, who helped organize the event, write this about it:
“Thank you, community, for your prayers, support and involvement in this year’s VBS for the local children. I am very proud of each participant (about 38 youth and 35 adults) who gave of their time, energy and spiritual overflow beforehand or at the Bible School this year. Thank you also to all who prepared banana bread for the last day, provided helpful meals for workers and looked after workers’ children. May God RICHLY bless you and encourage you, knowing that your labor was not in vain. Following is a report. A picture/video slide show will come later. Thanks again, from the Clark family.
REPORT: Thank you for praying for last week’s Vacation Bible School. God was glorified! How? An average of 445 children per day filled our community’s Teen Center building and grounds with joyful singing, active listening, quick minds to memorize God’s Word (John 1:1,3,4,14), safe and active game times, and responsive hearts. A total of 132 children were counseled concerning salvation and then prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior over four days! Every day the new believers stood and the crowd cheered! The teen-aged and adult leaders of music, application times and games (a total of about 70 on-site leaders per day) poured out fragrant offerings to God, making many a child smile and understand the Scriptures better. The children now have three new songs featuring five “I Am’s” of Jesus to take back to their villages, in addition to many other Gospel songs. Nine different teachers from local churches fervently taught the Scriptures (mostly from John’s Gospel), object lessons and verse to the large crowd throughout the week and several dramas were excellently presented. In addition, 5 different community artists prepared beautiful and helpful illustrations for the verses and stories and 455 slices of banana bread plus 20 loaves of bread prepared by community members were given out to the children and local PNG teachers, respectively, on Friday. Teachers came from 11 different local churches and, Lord willing, went back home encouraged and more equipped to start the new year of their Sabbath and Sunday school classes well later this month. Please keep praying for the new believers to be grounded in their faith and that local believers and churches will begin and/or continue to disciple all of the children in our valley.”
I know if you are like me, you cannot wait to see pictures from this awesome event, or to hear more about how everything is going in Wewak. Thanks to all of you for being a part of our lives and for praying for Deborah with us during this year of missions work in Papua New Guinea!
NOW FOR THE SURPRISE!
Deborah’s Haircut! (It’s pretty short, but she loves it and believes that maybe, just maybe, the precious, all-natural shampoo she brought with her will last long enough to get her through the year now.)