I can hardly believe that we’re at the end of February already and Spring is just around the corner! The last few months have flown by quickly and I am really enjoying this new phase of life. It is nice to have a regular schedule for the first time since I was in my 20’s!! 😊
Tutoring & ESL
In the beginning of January, I started a job as an English tutor. I have around 20 students who are all at different stages in their learning. Some are Canadians who struggle with reading and writing, but many of them are new to Canada and are learning English as a second language. It has been a huge learning curve for me, but also very enjoyable. I’m taking over from a lady on maternity leave, so we’ll see what happens when she returns to work in the Fall. I am so thankful that the Lord has provided this opportunity and I trust that He’ll open up the next door for me.
The big highlight of 2020 will be my trip to Papua New Guinea for the Mengen Bible dedication. After 22 years of ministry by our team, the Mengen believers will finally be getting their very own copies of the New Testament!! I am incredibly excited to get back “home” again. Our entire team will be together for the dedication week for the first time in many years. Another little surprise is that my mom Ruth Preheim and also my cousin Naomi and her 3 kids will be coming along!! Naomi and her husband are missionaries located here in Canada. Please pray that the Lord would supply the nearly $10,000 needed for their travel overseas!! I am pretty thrilled that some of my family will be in Lele with me for this special time.
Baptism x 2
Praise the Lord that He is continuing to work in the hearts of the Mengen. Just recently we heard of 2 baptisms that took place the past few months. 25 people from our outreach locations were recently baptised. Very exciting for us as these churches were established by our own Mengen missionaries along with their co-workers. Another baptism also took place in our home village of Lele. 16 young people were baptized and all but 2 of them I remember holding as babies!! Some very rascally boys were in the mix and the 2 adults are dear friends of mine! What a joy to see our spiritual children stepping out in faith. 😊
Pray for us…
- There are still many details to be worked out for the Bible dedication, both in PNG and here in Canada. Please pray for finances for as we buy tickets for our trip to PNG. At the moment, we are trying to coordinate flights so we can all travel together. Not easy in these days of travel restrictions and complications due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Please pray for the Mengen church as they have many plans underway for the dedication week. They will need food and housing for the many visitors who will be in attendance. There are no stores to just run out and buy enough food to feed everyone. Right now, they are busy raising pigs and caring for huge gardens just for that week!!
- Please pray for the Flanagans in Lele. Pray for wisdom as they disciple the believers and work through many challenges and trials that come up each day. Pray too as they homeschool their children and care for the church! Pray also that they will be ready to host us all in June!
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers. I am trusting that the Lord will show me His will for me in the days and months ahead. Currently, I am still receiving support through Ethnos Canada and will be making some decisions about my future with the mission after my trip to Papua New Guinea. I’m not sure if this will involve a new ministry or if I will be resigning from the mission or what! Please pray that the Lord would give me clear direction and peace of heart as I seek His will.
He remains Forever Faithful.