We certainly appreciate your prayers for our ministry with the Wana people of Central Asia Pacific. Through the help of those who have permanent visas and through the internet and online teaching, we have seen the Lord continue to mature His churches in Wana. It has been neat to see growth in their lives. It has been a challenge for us and the Wana people with all the restrictions that come and go with travel, but as the Lord used the trials in David’s life to mature him while he spent over 10 years in the wilderness, so He is using these kinds of challenges in our lives as well to further mature us and to strengthen our trust in Him. After all it is HE who builds the church and not us, and HE is using all this to accomplish what HE wants in the Wana people’s lives and in our lives, too.
This month is the month of “Ramadan” with “Idul Fitri” (breaking of the Islamic fast) coming up next week on the 12th and 13th. With that the government is shutting down all major travel May 6-24 in hopes of curbing large gatherings during this time. We are, however, seeing some cracks in the armor as far as getting new visa entry permits, as they are starting to allow us to get some visas now if we go directly through the immigration department in the Capital City. With that we are starting to get some of our stranded missionaries back into the country, and it is also giving us some high hopes that I will be able to resume my semi-annual trips in September. At this point I am making plans to return in mid September so appreciate your praying with us in that regard. We will keep you up to date as plans progress.
Jesus says in John 4:14, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” We thank each of you who are so faithfully standing with us as we continue on in translation, lesson development, and teaching in order to bring the Water of Life to the Wana people, and so that they in turn can take it to others as well.
Water is an important commodity in any culture:
Ed & Jeanne
Church Planting Asia Pacific