My baby's first day of school!All
50 stories were reviewed and given final approval in May. Distribution
has been one of the best parts. Jeri and Sion get to see the people
receive and react to their hard work. This has been a 4-year-long,
not-so-easy process. But seeing the people rejoice and celebrate over
the final product has made it worth it. These are mp3 players, SD
cards, and hand phones. The cards and phones also have a video that
accompanies the audio of the stories. There are about 10 Yetfa villages
and a couple more who have pockets of Yetfa speakers.
September, we had an unbelievable opportunity to attend the
International Missionary Retreat in Israel! As you can imagine, there
were way too many pictures to choose from! Here are just a few...
Caesarea by the Sea
Brow of the Hill, where the mob wanted to throw Jesus off the cliff; a
camel ride near Q'umran; a Sea of Galilee selfie
Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, and the Tower of David in Jerusalem
The Garden Tomb and a mural on Cardo
Chase was the speaker for the retreat, and the boys enjoyed VBS each morning. It was an incredible gift for our family!
In October, there was another One Story workshop with the 7 language teams and we had a couple celebrations.
Our sweet church takes such good care of us!
Chase hearing a testimony about using the stories in the villages.
We celebrated our friend, Yunita!
We also celebrated Uriah! 11 years old! And received more love from our church!In
November, Chase and Jeri headed to a new-to-us village. It required
landing in a neighboring village, sharing the Bible stories there, and
then hiking through the jungle to a village with very little access to
the outside world. Pretty sure Chase was the first foreigner to ever
enter. The reception from the people was amazing! Hearing God's word in
YOUR language for the first time is something most of us don't
understand. It's always been there for us. For the Yetfa, the only
preaching or teaching they've had has been through Indonesian. Those
who know a second language know that it takes a lot of listening and
decoding, and then there are a lot of words you just don't know. Add
that Indonesian is most of their 3rd or 4th language, not second, and
the Bible terms used are quite formal and not everyday words used in
the jungle. And that's just for those who actually know Indonesian. In
these little villages, very few people can even use Indonesian well, so
to understand the preaching up to this point is really a long
leading a story group in the first village. They listen to a story a
couple times and then break into groups to discuss what they just
learned. Typically, 3 questions are asked: what do we learn about God,
what do we learn about the people in the story, and what does this mean for our lives?
greeting they received as they emerged from the jungle.
A story group at church on Sunday.
boys and I, along with Uriah's friend, Soren, and a teacher from the
international school, met Chase in Bias for a week. Chase showed videos
that accompany the stories and Jeri led more story groups.
found us in town finishing up the semester and getting ready to spend
Christmas in Bias. We had fun with friends, watched Star Wars Rogue
One, and celebrated Corin! When
we arrived in Bias, we were greeted by this 5 foot + snake skin!!
Fortunately, we never found the actual snake. As we were decorating the
house for Christmas, we could hear kids shooting fireworks, and it
wasn't long, we had our first firework-related injury--4 fingers burnt.
year, we make Christmas packets for each family, our form of Operation
Christmas Child. We gather soap, toothpaste and brushes, and other
household needs with small toys and bag them up in Bias. It's become
part of our Christmas celebration.
December - present will continue in the next Kel's Tales.