Thanks so much for your prayers! I have another request to add to your list. I just found out that Mount Ulawun, the big volcano near our village in PNG is currently erupting!! The last time it did this was in 2001 just before Keri and I joined the team. We have heard that the Flanagans and Mengen believers in Lele village are safe. They are a considerable distance away from the volcano and there are big limestone cliffs in between. However, we have an outreach village nearly at the base of the volcano and another church not too far away. Please keep everyone in your prayers, not just the Mengen believers, but the hundreds of others who are having to flee. This could be a huge time of growth for the Mengen church as they experience the Lord in a whole new way.
The area surrounding the volcano are all oil palm plantations, so thankfully there are a few roads in and out. According to the news reports, there are a few vehicles who have worked around the clock to get people out. However, the main road is cut off by lava flow, so getting out is not too straightforward! Please pray for the safety of everyone involved. I’m especially worried about our PNG co-workers, John and his wife, and the little church there.
On another note, I’m currently trying to make a few decisions, so please pray that the Lord would give me clear direction and guidance. It looks like it will take another few months for the Mengen NT to be finalized, which is completely fine. It looks like the Bible dedication has been postponed until the New Year, so we’re not in a big rush. However, I am wondering about getting a temporary job and how that will fit into a very nebulous time schedule. Do I get one now or do I wait until after my trip to Florida, whenever that may be?!! Also, I don’t have a vehicle right now, so that’s another big prayer request—either a affordable car or a nearby job!! And on top of everything, my brother is doing major renovations of my basement, so everything is expensive and topsy-turvy these days!
I thought that once my work in PNG was done, that life would be less stressful, but I haven’t found that to be true quite yet!!
My theme verse for this year has been, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” I know that He has a great plan and I can rest in that. Please pray that I can literally rest and have peace knowing that the Lord is in control of all things. These days I feel all keyed up and stressed out, which is the absolute worst thing for my health. Crazy since I’ve seen the Lord do many miracles the past several months and I know that He will continue to be so very faithful.
Thanks again for your prayers.
His love has no limit and His grace has no measure!