Dirk and Laurie Van Dyke on a bridge overlooking the swollen Gila River

This month, we’ve been able to get away for a month in Silver City, NM. Even though we are still working from home, it’s been a time of less stress, commitments, and some much-needed relaxation. We were able to attend a great church in the area, and had more time for reading and prayer.

This month also, important things have been happening on the mission field and in the lives of the missionaries that MMOL represents. Here are a few of the highlights in case you missed them:

A beautiful flower near Cloudcroft, NM

Martha Gushee, a teacher at Indian Bible College, was also able to get away and totally unplug for a period of time. She, also, was in New Mexico, in a little town called Cloudcroft. You can read her update here: https://mmol.org/2022/08/09/august-2022-3/

Sticking with Indian Bible College, the President, Jason Koppen, had some time away with family and is now in full swing in the fall semester. In the last few months, their family has had to evacuate their home because of first, fire, and then second, floods! Here’s a link to his latest update: https://mmol.org/2022/08/19/summer-2022-2/

Jim and Kathy TannerAlso, retired missionaries Jim and Kathy Tanner received great news from their mission field of Papua New Guinea, where they worked their whole lives. Here’s that link: https://mmol.org/2022/08/16/august-2022-4/

Tom and Corinne Palmer

And lastly, if you could keep Tom and Corinne Palmer in your prayers. They are another lifelong missionary couple who worked in Papua New Guinea and are still involved in Bible translation. Corinne has been having some health problems. Here’s their latest prayer letter for you to read: https://mmol.org/2022/08/12/summerr-2022/

As the summer ends and the fall season starts ramping up, we hope you also have had a time of refreshment, and a chance to de-stress! The last sermon we heard was based on Psalm 46:

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Selah–some think it may mean “Pause.” We invite you to take some time to read this psalm a few times, let the words sink in, and pause to reflect on the awesome glory of God who is with us!