We have been in the village now for over a month. As we first arrived I had come down with a mild case of Typhoid. I spent most of two weeks resting recovering from the effects. Just was I was getting my strength back, Gertrude came down with an intestinal bug the day before she was to share at church. This and other little things that were happening seemed to come our way to question if we should be here. During times of testing like this, even when the doubts come, the Lord gives us the peace and strength to continue resting in the call He placed on our lives.
The translators also are having their struggles with sickness Matthew has needed some minor surgery and after three trips to town he still has not been able to have the surgery. At present it is scheduled for January. On top of this his father-in-law just went home to be with the Lord. He and his wife had much to Pray that it will happen and he will have a speedy recovery. Another translator is Seli who has been suffering with TB. It seems that the other translators are discouraged. I do rejoice that we have started reviewing the translation of Galatians in preparation for village checking. Pray that we will have it reading for checking by the new year and that the translators will be able to do the village check during the month of January.
These things did slow us down with our language learning, but we are beginning to make slow progress at last. The big part of learning the language is the development of relationships. Gertrude and I make a point to go out daily to visit with neighbors and the practice what we have learned and ask questions to learn something more.