Dear Friends,

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!! 

Please pray for our Mengen teachers who lead the little flock there in our village.  Most of these guys are young, and all of them have large families.  Between the 4 them, they have a total of 16 kids!!!!  It is a struggle for these guys to keep their families fed and clothed, but also prepare for the Bible lessons and shepherd the “flock”.

Our last visit into the village was a couple of weeks ago, where we were able to take in the book of Romans for the very first time!!  I can say that my joy was overflowing, knowing that these precious truths are FINALLY into the hands of the believers after all these years!  One of my favorite memories of that week was of my dear friend Lule who learned how to read just last year.   With several of her little children were gathered around, this mother of 9 opened up Romans and began to read slowly.  Can’t you just imagine her face as she reads these words for the first time in her own language, “Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ!!” and “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us!” and “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”  So precious.

Anyway, now I’m back at Hoskins again, and to tell the truth, feeling pretty tired and run down these days.  Just this week, the opportunity came for me to go home on an early furlough.  So, in just a week or so, I’ll be heading home to Canada to be with my family and friends again for several months!  Yeah!!  I am looking forward to spending some time with my dear grandma who is not well, and also to have some much need R&R for myself, as I am pretty drained after 2 years of hard work.

So….it’s crazy to think that I’ll be seeing many of you again in just a short time!  I don’t have an exact date yet as my passport is currently in one of the government offices in our capitol city.  Please pray that my passport and tickets will all work out, and that I’ll be able to once again travel around the world safely.  Pray too that I will be able to find a little place to rent while I am home, even if it’s just for the first few months.

I appreciate you all so very much.

With love,