Teaching Update #9

Teaching Update #9 This morning with our small group we discussed the law and its role. We talked about why God gave Israel the law and the fact that He gave it to Israel, not us. We told them that the law is good and we can learn from it and Israel’s experience, but the…

Understanding Worship

I had a great conversation with a group yesterday explaining that worship is the appropriate response to God. Today Elizabeth read Jethro’s response to the Exodus (18:8-12) to Rita. It is a perfect example of what we were talking about and she is so excited to understand.

Partnering: The Reffners

It’s been really great to have an opportunity to pray as a family each night. Getting them to learn how to pray specifically started as our main goal but how they are praying has surpassed what we anticipated. And the fact that they aren’t losing steam is encouraging. I get yelled at by the kids when we miss a night.

Teaching Update #6

Teaching Update #6 Most of the village children haven’t learned the Menyan language yet and even the teenagers can’t follow it completely (that’s how hard the language is.) Additionally there is a handful of ladies who are here because of marriage, but don’t speak or comprehend Menyan. Because of them, I taught a summary lesson this…

Saturday morning I’m going to teach a lesson summarizing what we’ve covered so far for the village children (and anyone else who shows up.) Be praying.

After today’s lesson I was talking with Reuben, Terry, Edwin and Wati about our inherited sin nature and it’s desire to dominate us as God warned Cain. I asked if, when they resolve to do good, it works for them. They responded with an adamant chorus of “no.” They are convinced of this truth. It sure is easy to explain things that correspond exactly to our experience!


After schooling 4, breakfast and lunch from scratch and being outside for 2+ hours participating in our lessons and discussion, Elizabeth served homemade BBQ with homemade sauce and homemade slaw on homemade buns. Sides: homemade fries from local potatoes and homemade pickles from local cucumbers. Then she washed all the dishes dishwasherlessly. And today was normal.