At the NTM Missions Centre in PNG the lights are up whether inside the houses or out, the trees are up shining bright, the houses are smelling of ginger and nutmeg and kids are dressing up for school. Last Saturday the missionaries even created their own Christmas market with several different booths that were selling homemade crafts and snacks. In church they are singing those wonderful Christmas hymns which do make them a little homesick and yet fill them with this joy of Christmas: God the Almighty One gave Himself, the King came down to earth, our Saviour was born in the lowest of places to set us free! God, we are so thankful! You are amazing!
Ralf and Elli are especially excited about this upcoming Christmas break because they get to go into Dinangat for almost three weeks. One week of those they will even be together as a whole team, the first time again after almost four years.
As a team and as the Dinangat church they will together celebrate Christmas and move over into the new year 2017. Besides that, they also have a lot of work to do… working with their Bible Translation helpers: checking the old and recording more new translation. Also Ralf and co-worker Jeremiah are planning on visiting a neighbouring village for some encouragement for the church there. Please pray especially for this time that they will be able to encourage and strengthen the church that is still struggling and that the believers there will stand strong in their faith and in the Word.