I’m so sorry that I haven’t written in ages!! These days have been busy ones for me, as it seems like all my speaking engagements this furlough have come up all in the past couple of months! Last month I was able to go back to the town where I grew up, so that was a lot of fun. We moved from there when I was 13, so there was a great sense of dé jà vu wherever I went and it was fun to catch up with a lot of friends whom I haven’t seen in many years.
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and support. The past few weeks have been busy and I kind of feel like one of those downhill skiers in the Olympics, zipping quickly down the mountain. Time is flying by so quickly and in just a few weeks, I’ll be heading back to PNG!
In January I attended a seminar in Florida, held at the New Tribes headquarters. It was so fun to meet a lot of new people involved in many different forms of ministry. Out of 20 participants, 8 different mission organizations were represented, with missionaries from all over the world. The classes were uplifting and helpful, and I came away from them very encouraged.
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and support for me. It’s amazing how time is flying by and the New Year has kind of caught me by surprise! December flashed by, with lots of family time and special get-togethers.
Now we’re into January, with blizzards and tons of snow one minute, and then sleet and rain the next minute! What’s up with this crazy weather!?! The only perk is all the exercise I get from shoveling snow and chipping away at the ice!
Where has time gone? It seems like just the other day, we were basking in warm sunshine, and now according to the forecast, we should be expecting our first snowfall tonight!! Not sure where Fall went, but somehow the days are flying by and before long I’ll be on my way heading back to Papua New Guinea!
Mengen Update: It has been really exciting to hear reports coming from my teammates in PNG. About 3 weeks ago, two of our Mengen Bible teachers started a new outreach in a village about 12 hours hike away. We are thrilled to see the Lord at work in the hearts of these people who have never heard God’s Word before.
Thanks so much for your prayers. The past couple of months have been extremely busy, but a lot of fun as I’ve traveled coast to coast in the USA…literally.
In August, I spent a couple of weeks in Connecticut with my sister’s family. It was great to see them again and to meet their new little baby! It’s amazing how fast the 3 older kids have grown up and it was hard to realize that it will likely be another 2 years before I see them all again…one of the difficult realities for overseas missionaries.
Where does the time go?!! Hard to believe that it is already August and summer is starting to wind down. Pretty soon we’ll be back to shoveling snow again! Groan.
For me, the past few months have been busy in many ways, but also a lot of fun.
A couple of weeks ago, I was able to help at a kids club at my church, teaching 15 lessons in 5 days! My session was about missions (what a surprise!), and we talked about different groups of kids from all over the world. It was neat to hear their questions, but it was also a real eye opener for me. After hearing me say that many people don’t have a Bible in their own language, one little six year old asked, “What is a Bible?” It did take long to realize that more than half of the kids in attendance were un-churched. There were also a lot of foster kids and kids in difficult circumstances. We found out that one little guy was abandoned by his mother who didn’t want the bother of caring for a child. So sad.
Thanks so much for your prayers for me. What a month it has been! Although I miss my life in PNG, I’m so thankful to be home in Canada again, amongst the friends and family here. It has been a busy time in some ways and in other ways, very restful.
Last week I had the privilege of attending a 3 day evangelism seminar. It was great to get a fresh perspective on the Gospel and learn new ways to share my faith. Often I get so involved in my own ministry, that it is great to be reminded of other needs around the world.
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future and I can face uncertain days because He lives.”
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers for me. What a busy month this has been, and I’m still spinning from everything that has happened!! To make a long story short, I am now home in Canada, 3 months earlier than planned! Hard to believe you can go from the tropics to ice and snow all in the space of a few hours. Anyway, my trip home was the longest ever, as I was in transit for something like 51 hours! To top it all off, my passport went missing in a government office and my flights were delayed by 4 days. Thankfully in the end, my passport was discovered behind a desk and I was able to continue on my way, arriving home in time for Easter. It has been really special to be able to see nearly all of my family already, as we celebrated Easter together. I’m so thankful for a wonderful, godly family who is so supportive and encouraging. What a huge blessing it is, and one not to be taken for granted.
Life here at Hoskins has been very stressful lately, and I am so thankful for all your prayers and support.
Since December, our team has been living at Hoskins, making the occasional trip back into our village. It is such a blessing to see our dear friends growing in their understanding as they hear God’s Word. It’s also a special joy to know that Mengen believers are now teaching their own people, with very little assistance by us missionaries!! While we are here at Hoskins, the 4 main Bible teachers are going through 1 Corinthians and Ephesians and will soon be into the book of 1 Timothy, with the group of believers who meet together each week!!
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers for me!! The past few weeks have been busy and stressful and exciting, in more ways than one.
ROMANS: Just a few days after Christmas, our translation consultant Jason and I sat down with 3 Mengen friends, and began the “final check” of the book of Romans. It was SO encouraging and exciting to see God’s Word being communicated clearly. We had hoped to check 4 chapters a day, and in the end, we did 6 chapters the first day, 7 the second day and 3 on the last day, finishing up a day and a half earlier than planned!! Now that the check is over, all that is left to do is to format Romans in preparation for printing. Lord willing in just a few weeks, we’ll be able to see the book of Romans placed into the hands of the Mengen people!! It was a long, hard task, but I am so thankful for the Lord’s sustaining grace which enabled us to see it through to the end.
Merry Christmas to each and every one!! For those of us here in PNG, Christmas seems rather distant, without all the commercialism that we have in our home countries! Although we definitely won’t be having a white Christmas this year, we know it will be a special time nonetheless as we celebrate our Savior’s birth!!
Thanks so very much for your faithful prayers and support. I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner and the New Year right behind it. These past few months have been busy and stressful and I thank the Lord for providing good health and strength to meet each challenge. There are exciting things happening with the Mengen church these days and we are thrilled to see the Lord at work in the hearts of the believers here in our village. Here are just a couple of examples.
There are a few kids in our village who are extra-special to me. One of them is 4 year old Sinsia. This morning she was here with her mom Cecilia and little brother Benjamin. While Cecilia was busy sewing, I was trying to do a little translation work. Kind of hard with 2 of the cutest kids in the world running in and out of my office.