Geoff and Shannon notice the improvement in literacy most pointedly on Sunday when they hear the teachers reading from Scripture. Some people who have really struggled in the past are showing huge signs of improvement. Geoff and Shannon are seeing momentum in this area in which they've not seen momentum for a good number of years! Continue to pray for those who are working so hard! Praise God for the huge investment in time that co-worker Chris and his family have been able to give toward making strong literates seem more like a reality in Mibu!
The Mibu church has had a number of outreaches into the neighbouring language, called Mina, over the years. They've had a real shortage of manpower the last five years or so, which has put great limits on their ability to facilitate continued partnership between the Mibu and Mina churches and the further growth of the Mina churches. With their co-workers the Walkers return this year, they're back to a point where they've been able to divert more of their needed attention over there. The missionary team is really excited to see the partnership between the churches strengthening, as well as new strategies to keep things developing. Geoff was blessed to be a part of a recent meeting where one of the leaders in the Mina area was ministered to by the other leaders. After years of too much responsibility being on this one man's plate, it was refreshing (both for him and for the team) to see the other leaders step up and with hearts that yearn for the good of the church and the good of this man, spread the responsibilities among themselves. This allows him to focus and to flourish where he is most gifted. It also diversifies the leadership pool, adding more stability to the church. Everyone there is determined to see God's glory shine in their lives and their families and their communities!
The Mibu church continues to receive reports from the neighbouring Jerung language group who note that they see a change in Mibu and they want the Gospel message to come to them too! Recently they put together a list of over 500 people who are in support of the Gospel coming to their community! Pray that the Mibu believers continue to live in the free and holy life that Jesus has brought them into.
Geoff continues to work hard at putting the finishing touches on 1 Corinthians. A check has been scheduled for mid-October when he'll need to travel all the way to Wewak to check both Ephesians and 1 Corinthians with a consultant. Pray that the logistics for all this will work and for the preparations for the check to continue to go well and then finally for the check to go well so that they can officially say these two letters are officially translated scripture.