The lesson was about Eph. 5: 1-2 and 7-10. The Bible teacher could have bombarded the church with the Scripture passage just like the Dinangats were used to doing in the past. The passage was about works... "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.“ Before these kinds of passages were misused to push, yes even to manipulate the people. Yet on Sunday the message was about "just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us." Jesus was the centre of the message, and that is exactly what the church needed.
For almost three weeks now the Schlegels have been back together in Dinangat with their friends and co-workers, the Smiths, who returned from their home assignment. After having been on their own for about seven months, Ralf and Elli really appreciate having them back here with them, not only to be able to share the load of the work but also to share the joys and also the hardships of life in the tribe. Mimi does have two older "brothers" now to play with, and she is thrilled and enjoys it every day. Also Naomi and Rebekka (together with Smith's oldest son, Caleb) are back in the dorm at the NTM Centre, and they are doing quite well. For all this Ralf and Elli are so thankful!
Please keep praying for the remaining Dinangat villages. Unfortunately the door to teach the story of God is still closed in the main village. Many people from there see the changes in the believers of the other villages and want to hear the story as well, but two main village leaders are very much against it and keep the door closed for them all. Keep praying that God would work in these leaders' hearts, and that His story will also come to that main village.