Greetings from Malaumanda. With Thanksgiving right around the corner we are reminded of how many ways in which we can thank the Lord. There have been many challenges of late but we, at the same time, can see the Lord's rich provision.
Stephen: Our time down in Brisbane is over so thank you for praying. In the end the doctors didn't find any real reason for Stephen to be having these "blackout" episodes. In one sense this is very good news. On the other hand we still don't have a definitive answer as to what is going on. Stephen still has roughly two of these episodes each day. For now we are in a "wait and see" mode. If things have not improved in another six months or so then well probably take another quick trip to have some tests run again.
Translation - The home stretch: It is hard to imagine that we are getting close to finishing up our translation project here. I am working on various shorter books at the same time as I draft my final book, the Gospel of John. Now that we are back from our travels Down Under I should be able to start making some good progress towards finishing these books. Not that the completion of these books is the end of our work. Once I can complete these books we will still have a LOT of work to do before we are actually ready to have a New Testament printed for the Malaumanda church. We are trusting to have all of this work done by the end of 2014 so that we can get the Bibles printed and over here in time for a Bible dedication in early 2015.
Revelation Course: While we were in Australia Bob and John were able to teach through the first five chapters of the book of Revelation. From all accounts the course was a big success. The total attending each session were at record levels due in part to believers from the village of Hinya also being present. It is exciting to see these young believers being able to join with the Malaumanda believers for this sort of teaching. We are also praying that the challenges that the Spirit gave to the Seven Churches will also be taken to heart right here in Malaumanda.
It is a privilege to serve the Lord here in Malaumanda. We quite often face situations where we don't have a nice neat solution. And yet, we always find that the Lord is at work in the lives of the local church; and in our lives as well. In the end, seeing the Lord at work in our lives is ultimately more important than the circumstances of life, and a source of endless rest and peace.
Thanks so much for your part in the ministry here in Malaumanda.
Eric and Judith, Stephen, Daniel and Timothy Hedeen
Church Planting with the Malaumanda people group
P.S. The attached picture is of some of the ladies doing a bit of creative multitasking during the teaching. The little one were not always that quiet! The one lady is reading the printed up 1 Timothy translation. We had 100 copies of 1 Timothy printed up and only 3 are left. PTL!