Happy New Year! Dear friends, I think all of us are happy to see 2020 off into the sunset. Of course, we are not guaranteed that 2021 will be any easier. But we do have a glorious future ahead. Titus 2:13 reminds us that we are “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of theContinue reading January 2021
Dear friends, With this letter the two of us want to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Someone said they wanted to uninstall 2020 and download the new version as the old one had a virus 😊. The past year has been a different one for all of us for sure and hopefully weContinue reading January 2021
Dear Team Members, We are in a NEW YEAR, BUT our HOPE and REASON for living is not NEW. Our HOPE is EVER PRESENT because JESUS IS EVER PRESENT!!!!! HE has promised to “Never Leave us or forsake us.” Hebrews 13:5 And “Low I am with you ALWAYS.” Matthew 28:20.
On the front lines in Papua New Guinea: a few snippets for your prayers ….. Amdu tribe – Jason Stuart will be flying into Amdu this week to do a translation check on the Amdu book of Acts. (His 2 teens Jedidiah and Ella Jo will go along and doubtless have great times together withContinue reading January 2021
Riots, violence in the streets, many in the Church of Christ divided and caught in apathy, political upheaval, social unrest, a global pandemic, isolation, anxiety, racial tension, constant disappointment, loss of hope. The media has bombarded us with death statistics and dire predictions until, in order to survive emotionally, we have been forced to beContinue reading January 2021
Joy in the Midst of Mourning Jeremy was born and reared in our host village but he worked for an airline company in another province, married a girl from there, they adopted some children and had some sons of their own. We met him when he came home for holidays and vacations but never knewContinue reading January 2021
Greetings to All! It has been awhile since you heard from us, but it has been even longer since we have heard from many of you. Maybe we will hear news from you during this time, though everyone is busy. We do pray you are rejoicing together with family or friends over Christmas, giving thanksContinue reading Palmer’s Progress Dec-Jan 2021
Merry Christmas! IBC Christmas 2020 Newsletter See our IBC’s Christmas newsletter, which we just mailed out last week to over 6000 churches and individuals. This newsletter includes my front page article on all that the Lord has been doing during this “season of COVID”, an update on all four of our institutional initiatives on pagesContinue reading December 2020
Here’s my 2020 in review! January: Jason and family take a sabbatical for Spring Semester. I taught Personal Finance, Intro. to Missions, and music. Students were engaged and enthusiastic, particularly in the missions’ class.
Dear Friends and Family, Merry Christmas from Yap, Micronesia! We love this time of year in the islands. There will be a lot of flying and events, but the joy of this season is infectious and keeps us going. Heidi continues to co-lead Ladies Bible Study with Queentina, our pastor’s wife every Wednesday. Right nowContinue reading December 2020
EXPLOSION OF JOY! Hi all, Just wanted to share some of the highlights of the ministry going on in our community.
Christmas Greetings from Steve and Sandy Aholt, J ust several days before we celebrate Christ’s birthday, and we are writing to say “thank you” for your love, prayers, and support during our first year of retirement. Sandy is still employed with our local school district in providing meals for students. She has healed enough fromContinue reading Christmas 2020
Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Born thy people to deliver, born a child andContinue reading December 2020
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Dear Friends, Well, this crazy year of 2020 is finally nearing an end and what a year itContinue reading Christmas 2020
(written 10/31/20) This is the status of our country, Slovakia, and the headlines of the local newspaper last Sunday. We have been in lockdown mode for the last week and those who reside in Slovakia will undergo ‘voluntary’ testing this weekend. If people choose to not get tested, they need to continue with self-isolation forContinue reading Fall 2020
Big Changes Ahead Dear friends, Hello again from Texas! We pray you all are resting in the Lord in uncertain days. Recently, I have been encouraged by the Providence of God, that is, his sovereignty over life’s events whether large or small. It is a tremendous anchor for the soul to know that our MightyContinue reading 4th quarter 2020
We received news from Hewa! Our Coworkers, Keith and Angie, had a chance to fly to Hewa to visit the village and check up on the church and the new Christian school. They gave a great report about the believers and elders. Keith said, “Gabriel (school teacher) is doing fantastic at teaching. . . allContinue reading November 2020
Miracle for PMA Dear friends of PMA, For the last year, PMA has been looking at options to upgrade our aircraft so that we can better service the outer islands of Yap State and also when the borders open we could have a better aircraft to provide a link between Yap and Palau. The aircraftContinue reading November 2020
We send our thanks to each one of you for your prayers and personal interest in our ministry. We so much appreciate the family of believers that God led us to, early in our missionary career. That foundation of prayer and financial giving that was laid, at that time, has been what God has usedContinue reading Thanksgiving 2020
Dear family and friends, “Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not [emphasis added] minister if you are in communion with God and live in community.” Henri Nouwen
With Thanksgiving coming, here’s something to chew on. The statistics below are gleaned from the Wycliffe Global Alliance website. Wycliffe is the missions group who keep the most accurate records of translation work and ongoing needs for the Bible around the globe. Languages with no Scripture 3945 languages with no Scripture – 255 million people.Continue reading November 2020
Dear friends, Greetings from the two of us!
Dear friends, Thank you for praying for the requests I sent in my last update. We’ve seen some great answers to your prayers over the last several weeks:
A BIG HELLO FROM THE BIGMAN FAMILY Dear Friends & Family, We are happy for this journey God is taking us through. From the depths of our hearts, we are greatly blessed to serve our Savior with fellow staff, brothers and sisters in Christ, who continue to be pivotal voices in our lives. We haveContinue reading Fall 2020
The weather was fantastic—warm enough to hike without a winter jacket but cool enough to keep from overheating. Fall foliage was at its peak. Golden coins fluttered and tentatively fell from various heights above us. The three of us tromped steadily upwards until we hit around 11,000 feet in elevation. We still had about 1,300Continue reading November 2020