When was the last time your kid was excited over a potato? I got to go to a garden the other day with my friend Dolcy and her kids. I couldn’t help marvelling over Loren and her brother Manita being so excited when they spotted a ready to harvest yam. Telling their mum to keep out of it, they dug and dug, revealing numerous long skinny yams. Loren was already dreaming of roasting hers on Sunday night over the fire. Maybe we should get back to simple pleasures? Continue reading
Is February a time to look back or forward!? Christmas seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? Just for the record, we were thankful for the many opportunities we had on Epi to teach the true message of Christmas. Santa still appeared (seems he can find his way to anywhere!), but there was even a revelation for at least one guy that having a very scary, kid terrifying ‘Father Christmas’, doesn’t quite fit with the joy of Christ’s birth!
Carrying on a tradition we used to do with our boys at the end of a year, Lyndal, Loui and I sat down with a cuppa and Christmas wafers and pondered what we had to be thankful for. It’s been another hard year for Loui on one front with his estranged wife pushing hard to rub out his hope for reconciliation. Life is rough. But God allowed us much too, for the other end of the balance. So we reminisced and heaped it on! Continue reading
See the attached Christmas message from the Webbs…
We just want to send a quick note before we take off, yet again, on Monday.
Looking back … we had a good few months on Epi with lots of times with people; reading God’s Word, answering questions, teaching God’s Word. It was our first time to be with this community at the time of a death. So after old Tom passed away we spent a lot of time with his wider (very wide!) family talking, listening and eating! Ross was asked to share from the Bible right after his death and he tried reassure the mourners that they didn’t need to fear the spirits of the dead. Such ‘respect’ is so second nature
Dear friends — for whom we are ever thankful for your ongoing prayers,
Thanks for praying for Eden and Esther, Paul and Beth’s twins born last month. They are home now and doing well though still in the ‘fragile’ stage!
We are thankful to God for more opportunities to talk/read with people about the clear distinction God makes between things of the world and things of His Kingdom. Following a couple of deaths in this village and another, the stories suggesting Satan’s control are plentiful! Please pray that God’s Spirit would show people what it means to truly be His child.
A week in Baki speaking land last week – but still no New Testament. Again we’d ask you to pray that God would help Robert to find time and inclination to complete the read through that we are waiting on.
We plan to head back to Vila on 1st September to lead another training workshop starting on 11th – we’d appreciate prayers for a smooth change of gears!
Love from Lyndal & Ross
We wanted to say a quick hello before we take off for Epi where saying these sorts of ‘hellos’ to lots of people at once is a bit limited! Our plan is to settle back into village life next week and then for the next couple of months do what we can to further encourage the Lewo speakers to really get stuck into their new New Testaments. There’s the local school kids, there’s the Girls’ Brigade group, there’s Sunday school, and church services, and family homes, and daily men’s chats under the ‘community tree’. All of them, and probably more, are potentials for reading, listening and learning from God’s Word together. We need wisdom to know how to best use our time – all those things I just listed could happen in one, or all of the 7 Lewo speaking villages. And then there’s the ‘youth’ – how is it best to connect with them? Thanks for praying for what at times feels like an overwhelming task.