A great start

Aaron and Amy Speitelsbach serve among the Glarro people in Liberia, West Africa. Recently, Amy returned from teaching her afternoon class with a high temperature and shivering in the 90 degree Fahrenheit hot afternoon. Amy had a case of malaria. She took medication immediately, and is already better and getting her strength back.

Their co-worker Lesley, who works on the Bible translation, has picked up a case of hepatitis. They are glad the doctors were able to find out what was wrong with her, and she is feeling a bit better by now, but still very weak. Hepatitis has a long recovery time of about three to six months. So, for her to come and visit them as planned is not on the radar for now.

Patrick has been a great help over the past three weeks. Having him available in the morning when his mind is still fresh helps in making good lessons. The progress they are making is also great. However, since they have more time together, they started to be a bit more particular in smoothing the lessons out. They are not that much faster just yet but by producing better lessons, they are saving themselves more editing work in the future.

Amy’s cousin and her husband will be visiting them this summer and plan to stay until the end of the year. Among other things, they will be volunteering in the local elementary school, teaching reading, and training some teachers to be able to teach reading. Aaron and Amy are looking forward to spending time with them and excited about the impact this could have on the kids learning to read.

Thankful to God:

– For a great start with Patrick working full-time (mostly on editing Bible lessons).

– That Lesley was able to get to a hospital and that the doctors were able to find out what was wrong with her.

– That Amy was able to get over her malaria quickly.

Please pray:

– For Lesley’s recovery from her hepatitis.

– That Aaron and Amy make more time for prayer and intimacy with God, so they can radiate some of His glory. After being in the village for a few months the lack of privacy, demands from people, and frustrations start to wear on them.