Death Brings About New Life…
In early November 2017 a dear friend and prospective future elder of the Wahgi church died unexpectedly. We wondered why God would take him now as the church desperately needs leadership other than us missionaries, but we knew deep inside that God must have a better plan in store. Our friend Siwi’s death and funeral provided an opportunity for others who have not heard the simple, un-perverted gospel to have a taste of what they were missing. As a result, a number of people expressed an interest in hearing the Creation-to-Death, Burial, and Resurrection (Phase 1) teaching. The Lord challenged two men to rise up to the occasion to join with our other two Bible teachers in teaching these lessons. We are excited to share that as a result of this latest outreach at least eight people have been born anew into the family of Christ.
I am reminded of John 12:24 where Jesus, looking ahead to his own death, said, “…unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Such was the case with Siwi. May Siwi’s life, and death, be a challenge to us all. You can read the amazing account of Siwi’s home-going at https://blogs.ethnos360.org/levi-robyn-lenz/2017/11/23/his-journey-home/.
Please continue to pray for the church to grow to maturity in Christ. We are excited to see new Bible teachers being trained up. We’re praying that some of them may one day be church leaders.
As many of you may have seen on our Facebook page, Lenz’s View, we had a translation check in October 2017, in which the books of Luke and 1 Corinthians checked by our translation consultant. Overall the check went very well and there were only a few minor changes needing to be made before it was printable. After checking those two books, that makes 59% of the New Testament which has gone through the entire checking process and is ready for print. Another 30% of the New Testament has been drafted and our co-worker Dan and I are gradually working through the various stages of the checking process. The final remaining book of the New Testament to be drafted into the language is the book of John (11% of the NT). 131 verses of John have previously been completed by our co-workers in the initial stages of Bible lesson preparation. This week I have made a start on the remaining 748 verses.
We are excited to see the major progress which has been made on the translation project thus far. Please continue to pray that the Lord will enable our team to see this project to completion. Pray that he’ll provide faithful helpers to help us finish the checking process. Pray that he’ll raise up strong readers to be able to read the Word that is being put into their language.
Where did that come from…
In December, after three weeks of daily fevers, Krystiana was diagnosed with “Fever of Unknown Origin”. As the name states, nobody could determine what was causing her fevers; however, blood tests indicated some kind of bacterial infection. Our poor girl turned into a pin cushion as the doctors were trying to monitor certain things in her blood, some of which were at alarming levels. After three rounds of antibiotics her fevers stopped and her blood levels have returned back to the “normal” range for the most part. She has been fever free since January 2 and blood tests last week showed that the one area of most concern has continued its downward trend toward “normal”. At this point she will get a break from the “pokies” until April when we’ll have her checked again. Please pray that she will remain fever-free.
Thank you very much for your prayers, encouragement, and support. We are very glad to have you as a part of the team.
Levi & Robyn Lenz
Serving the North Wahgi people
of Papua New Guinea
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