For Ralf and Elli Schlegel the first two months after leaving their oldest daughter Naomi in Germany were really hard. However, since the beginning of October, they are doing much better and they are grateful to God who loves Naomi and cares for her wonderfully. She is enjoying nursing school and is also working on attaining her driver’s license and making good progress. They still have moments when they struggle with being separated but “For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth; Psalm 108:4-5
At the beginning of October they flew with two of their daughters to Dinangat for twelve days while they were on school break. Times in Dinangat are so short that they try to cram in as much as they can. The verses that Ralf translates while in Goroka he then checks with the translation helpers in Dinangat and records it to have it directly spoken from them. Also all the verses need to be checked for comprehension which Ralf and Elli do with different Dinangat helpers to see whether the translation is understood correctly or not. They are currently working on Revelation and 2 Corinthians. Please pray for wisdom so that God’s Word will be translated correctly and clearly.
Ralf and Elli also had some great opportunities to get together with the elders and Bible teachers to talk about some good things but also hard things happening in the church. Unfortunately, they have to deal with some heavy stuff (adultery, jealousy and death threats etc.,) and must know how to help the people involved to talk things over, apologise, forgive and deal with the consequences. Nevertheless, Ralf and Elli are very encouraged by how the leaders of the church are dealing with it even though it is a big challenge for them. Please pray for them!