Dear Ministry Partners,
Wow, time seems to be flying by. The school buses in our little village have stopped running telling us that graduation is over and school is out for the summer, even though the cool temperatures are telling us that spring isn’t over just yet. We have set some flowers out and plan to plant a small vegetable garden sometime this week.
We want to thank you for your prayers for the team of four men that traveled to the village of Oak Tree. We received word that they arrived yesterday after making stops in other outreach areas along the way. They plan to stay there about a month during which time they hope to build a tribal style house for our evangelists to live in while there. This will also give them a lot of time to interact with the people. Continue to pray for health and strength and that the Lord will be at work in the people’s hearts at Oak Tree.
In Asia Pacific they have a term “jam karet” which means “rubber/elastic time.” In other words when they say they are going to do something at such-and-such a time, sometimes/many times that time gets stretched and of course no one is bothered by this as this is just a way of life for them – things rarely happen on schedule.
Dear Ministry Partners,
We trust this letter finds you well and enjoying the springtime weather. We are enjoying seeing all the “green” which is starting to appear and are beginning to think about planting some flowers and a small garden. Neither one of us has a green thumb but it is a hobby we both enjoy.
As I write this letter our coworkers Steve, Esron, & Miyanto are in Wana and enjoying some fellowship with the Wana tribal believers. Our helicopter is down for major engine repair but thankfully the Lord saw fit to get our mission’s new airplane in service in time for them to use it. The church in the village of “Flat Plain” was able to upgrade and repair the old airstrip so we are able to get into one of our most remote villages. Our church leaders, teachers, and many others from our six churches were able to come together last week for a biannual Bible conference which we conduct each spring and fall.
February 25, 2013
Dear Ministry Partners,
We trust this letter finds you well. It is hard to believe that springtime is almost upon us even though we wouldn’t have known that by the big snow storm that just hit us this past week. We had even seen some geese starting to fly north but wondering if they turned around and went back. However we are starting to see some new baby calves out in the fields now and reminded of all the new life that is about the spring forth.
We want you to praise the Lord with us as our new Kodiak airplane was able to make it’s first landing in Wana land just a couple of weeks ago!
Dear Fellow Co-workers,
Wow, it hardly seems possible we are already into a new year! We trust you had a great Christmas and that the year 2013 has gotten off to a good start. We enjoyed celebrating Christmas together with Jeanne’s mom, my folks, and also my sister and husband who came up from Texas. New Years Eve Jeanne and I stayed up to watch the big ball drop in New York City, which was 11:00 p.m. our time, and figured that was close enough so went to bed. We did reminisce back to the New Year 2000. At that time we had just arrived back to Asia Pacific and were staying in a hotel awaiting our flight up to the province. The national TV station was broadcasting the New Year as it hit each of the 24 time zones in major cities of each zone. Of course we couldn’t see them all but it was fun to tune in every so often and see the celebrations in many cities around the world. It might interest you to know that out of the 24 time zones Asia Pacific is fourth in line to celebrate the New Year, with Fiji and New Zealand being the first.
Last year we received an invitation from the fellow in green below to come to his village to teach the Bible. They have had a protestant church here for years but only ever tried studying from the Bible in the national language. When they realized that they could actually understand the Word of God which had been translated into their own language they asked for some of our men to come and teach them. Just recently 10 of these folks have come to know Christ as their Savior! We thank the Lord for what He continues to do in “Wana Land” and for the tremendous interest in the gospel from many different villages not unlike “Kalincu”. Thank you for being a part!
Last week it seemed everyone was saying “It doesn’t seem it is already time for Thanksgiving.” We kind of feel that way too and wonder where the autumn has gone, realizing that winter will be just around the corner. We do trust that you were able to have a special time with family and friends this past Thanksgiving weekend. It seems so many have forgotten the real reason for the season and instead of it being a time of Thanksgiving it has become a day of “things” with black Friday now turning into black Thursday as well.
This past Friday morning was my normal “skype schedule” for talking with our Wana co-workers. The helicopter was supposed to be going into the Wana tribe on Friday morning so I asked Esron if it worked out for the helicopter to make the scheduled trip. Esron then explained to me that it didn’t work out for the helicopter to go in as it was down for repairs.
This past month has been quite a whirlwind and held a lot of surprises for us. Just a month ago I was writing about my upcoming trip to Asia Pacific, my bags were all packed and I was ready to go. I had been experiencing a lot of shoulder and arm pain so thought I might should have a doctor take a look at it and maybe give something to take for it while on my trip. No sooner had I mailed our last news letter out and I was diagnosed with 3 ruptured discs in my neck, with the doctor advising surgery as soon as possible as it was beyond what medication could help. Wow, what a shock that was to us and what a change of plans. Two weeks ago yesterday I had my surgery. The surgery was a success and my post op follow-up last week showed that everything was staying in place and “no loose screws” – ha. Now it is just taking some time to heal and no lifting beyond 5 lbs for at least 6 weeks. Probably one of my biggest challenges is swallowing as I still have a lot of swelling in my neck area.