Happy New Year!

2015 was a very exciting and eventful year!  In July, I moved to Ariath, a small town located a couple hours from the state capital of Aweil.  Within a couple weeks, I (with the help of a co-teacher and translator) began teaching literacy and discipling women within the local church.  By September, I was moved into my new house and in November we began a second literacy program with another group of women.  Through my language learning and teaching, the need for a conservative translation of the bible into Dinka has become quite evident.  In February, a local pastor and I will travel to Nairobi for bible translation training. 

We are seeing local believers grow in their understanding and application of God's Word.  Children are in school, who otherwise would not be.  One young lady is even in her third year of high school- a huge praise, for few girls make it to secondary school!  Women are reading, who just a few months ago could not write their own names!  Ladies are growing in spiritual maturity and moving from milk to meat. 

Praise God for His provision and direction as Nhomlaau seeks to serve the people of the Ariath area.  Please pray for wisdom as we begin to translate the New testament into the Dinka Malual dialect.  Pray that women would be diligent in learning to read and write their mother tongue.  Pray that the ladies would desire to know God more intimately and they would seek Him through His Word.  Pray parents would send their children to school, especially their girls who are often kept home to help with chores.  Praise Him for His goodness!!

Thank you for partnering with me in reaching the Dinka of Aweil with the Gospel!  To God be the glory!

For His Name's Sake,

Shannon