"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.“ 2.Cor.12:3
Over the last 15 years they have left Germany five times to go to PNG, but never has it been as hard for them as in August.
They left without their oldest daughter Naomi! The good bye was extremely hard but getting used to living without her in PNG was even harder and still is.
Their daughter Naomi’s life has also changed significantly. She now lives in a country that is not her home; she is without her family; she is working, trying to make new friends, speaking only German, going to a new church, traveling by train and bike and lots of other things she is not used to. She is doing great, and Ralf and Elli are very proud of her; but it is truly a huge, challenging change for her. They are so thankful that she can live with Elli’s parents. Pray for them as a family, as this new phase in their lives is very hard and new and they are clinging to God’s compassion, love, and comfort. They thank the Lord, for His understanding of their pain and for the healing of their wounds!
A few days after their arrival in PNG, Ralf went to Dinangat with co-workers Gary and Jeremiah for ten days. They were able to get a lot of work done on the Dinangat Bible Translation and talked a lot with people, especially with the elders and Bible teachers. The church is doing good except that they too have to be purified and tried to become better vessels for His Glory. Problems and trials come up all the time, and they too, have to cling to God’s Truth and stay in His Word so as not to stumble but come out stronger than before. Please keep praying for the Dinangat church that they will walk by faith and become stronger in His Word even as they are going through some ups and downs.
This week Ralf is meeting with a consultant from the States to do the final checks on Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon - which are 640 verses in total! Also four of their translation helpers from Dinangat will fly out to help with that. They are so excited to be at this stage in the translation for those Bible portions. After the check they will be able to print those verses for the Dinangat believers to read and study. Please pray for this time of intense work and for everybody involved!
Next month they plan to spend four days at the annual missionary conference. After that they will fly into Dinangat as a family to spend almost two weeks with the believers there and work on the translation. They will be working on 2 Corinthians and Revelation. Again your prayers would be appreciated!
Praise be to the Father of compassion and God of all comfort.