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This morning the men left for another survey. This time, instead of a boat to the coast and a hike up into the mountains, they are taking a van to the SIL base and a helicopter from there. The trip is more expensive, but they will be able to survey more language groups in less time.

Please pray for the men as they visit these tribes and then come back and decide where we will allocate. Just Saturday night Zach and I were talking about this decision and feel somewhat heart-broken that we must say “no” to all but one tribe. One of the men from Ndo called Zach on the phone a few days ago to ask if we have decided to come and live among them or not… we told him that we must finish our survey this week before deciding. It is sad to think that we might call him back and say no. The Ndo people in particular have asked – for 10 years now – for a missionary to come to their tribe. They are still waiting. Whatever their motives are for wanting white people to come live with them, these tribes are full of real men and women and kids who are living and dying and facing judgment without any gospel witness among them. They were, in fact, burying someone in one of the Ndo tribes as they were hiking through.

That is why we came, and yet today especially I feel the limits of our team – we are just one team, we can go to just one place right now. Please do join us in praying for the men as they survey these new tribes. And please do join us in praying that God would raise up more workers to come. We do feel the weight of this and yet the joy of seeing God’s gospel purposes advance into these remote places. We are excited to know that in just a couple years we will be able to communicate with a tribe in their own language and share with them about the Christ who came and bore our punishment on himself in our place!

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

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