September 2023

At the end of this week it will be the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I know for some parts of the world people aren’t happy about the end of the summer, but for those of us in desert areas, we heave a sigh of relief. This summer has been particularly brutal where MMOL is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

So here, we hope for autumn and winter. In other parts of the world, they hope for spring and summer. However, to all of us, the words of Lamentations give a clear message for our ultimate hope no matter where we live:

Because of the loving devotion of the LORD we are not consumed,for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” Lam 3:22-24

Good or bad weather pales compared to the situation the prophet Jeremiah was in when he wrote those words. His country had been decimated, their temple destroyed, and their people carted off into slavery. Yet Jeremiah found hope in God even in the midst of all this.

Being a missionary has highs and lows. I wonder how often they think about those verses from Lamentations as they labor in the fields for the Lord. Here are some highlights from the last month:

1. The Collins family in Yap, Micronesia have been training on different airplanes so they can help with medical and humanitarian efforts in the region. They also lead a youth group and had a great Vacation Bible School this summer. Here’s a link to their website to read their latest news.

2. Itinerant missionary Ed Casteel is in the Asia Pacific right now helping develop the church there. Here’s a link to his and Jeanne’s latest prayer letter. 

3. Martha Gushee teaches at Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, AZ. They are underway in their fall semester and have 9 new students, praise God! Here’s the link to her latest prayer letter. 

4. Ingrid Smith is with Youth With a Mission Jamaica. They had a productive summer there. Here’s her link so you can pray for that important ministry. 

Please keep these, and all missionaries, covered in prayer.

We hope you are enjoying your weather, but if not, resting in the knowledge that God’s mercies will be new again tomorrow morning! And the one after that, and the one after that!

Laurie Van Dyke