Thank you so much for your love and prayers and gifts! We are deeply grateful for your part in reaching the Hewa people with the love of Jesus. Thank you!
I (Jonathan) have now arrived back to town to join my family after two and a half weeks in Hewa. It is great to be back together with them and also wonderful to spend time with other missionary families who gathered here for our annual conference for missionaries.
While I was in Hewa I enjoyed re-connecting with the believers in our village. I am encouraged that though there has been much trouble in the mountains around us, the believers decided they would not retaliate despite the pressure placed on them by family members to even the score. It is especially difficult for them because the police are too far away to help, so they could easily feel they need to do something to keep aggressive men from continuing to kill. However, the believers have resolved they will follow Romans 12:17-21 to not seek revenge, and to follow the Jesus principle to love their enemies. I am very proud of them and ask you to continue to pray the Lord will protect them and draw them into a deeper relationship. Pray especially that the young men, who sometimes want a chance to flex their muscles, won’t get sucked into the fight.
Besides working on translation and discipleship in the village, I tried to reach out to the families who have been temporarily displaced by of the fighting and have moved to our village. I was especially encouraged by stories from a woman named Losa, who in the past has expressed interest in the Lord despite her husband’s resistance to the Gospel. You may want to read her story, as when she found herself nearly captured by the raiders, she called out to God for help, and the Lord allowed her to escape and run to our village for safety. She publicly acknowledges it was God that rescued her and her desire is to grow in knowledge of Him.
Thank you for joining us in praise and prayer
- Praise for how the believers are responding to their hardships with obedience and a desire to grow in the Lord.
- Pray the evangelistic outreach to Yano will move forward despite the unrest. Kifeson is eager to start teaching.
- Pray for us and the Georges as we return to the village tomorrow to continue translating, teaching and discipleship.
- Pray for our daughter Mikayla as she is studying for the huge MCAT test that will qualify her to enter medical school.
- Pray that pure faith in Jesus will spread all through the Hewa language group and into the other tribes around us.
- Pray about the shortage of teachers at the NTM School for missionary children. If you are interested in looking at the requirements to come here as a teacher, please go to https://sway.com/gzW5XqoD5nwYa9yb or ntm.org.
Check out our new blog at blogs.ntm.org/jonathan-kopf . We hope to be able to post new stories to this site from our remote location in the tribe. You may like to read our recent post called “Call to Prayer.”
Thank you for your love and prayers and gifts! We deeply appreciate you!
Jonathan, Susan & Mikenna